Online Conference, 25-26 March 2021 | SDN Symposium
SDN Symposium

Design as Common Good

Framing Design through Pluralism and Social Values

Swiss Design Network Symposium


In light of social, economic, technological and environmental challenges, design researchers, practitioners as well as communities constantly critically address and question the contribution of design to the common good. The Common Good as proposed by Hussein Waheed in the 2018 Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Zalta et al., 2018) “benefits society as a whole – in contrast to the private good of individuals and sections of society.” Design as a discipline has long been positioned from the context of developing and catering to the private good, focusing on individual and smaller sections of society - largely leaving its contributions to the common good under explored.

  • Conference Proceedings

    Here you can download a copy of the Conference Proceedings
    the published collection of technical papers accepted for presentation at the Design as Common Good symposium. © 2021. This work is licensed CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 ISBN 978-88-7595-108-5.

  • A Big Thank You To All Participants

    A first round of applause and a big "thank you" to all authors and workshop hosts! Your amazing work has produced a fantastic set of engaging panels and workshops we can only encourage everyone to attend and participate in.
    Please check out the program, read up on the speakers and make new connections.
    Feel your way into a topic, find out about how others approach the topic of design as common good and share your own work, questions and thoughts.

  • Participate in a Working Conference

    The 2021 SDN Conference Design as Common Good has been perceived as a working conference from start to finish. What does this mean? It means that authors have shared and discussed their papers using slack groups and it means that each slack group has worked on finding out what their papers have in common. It means that junior and senior scholars have met practitioners, exchanged views and questions on theoretical issues. It also means that each group has made their best effort to come up with a format for their session that provides you with an opportunity to learn about their work and their findings in an engaging and interactive manner. So come and join them! Already, this working conference has identified new research opportunities, fostered new international connections and has produced a couple of paper ideas for researchers who "just met". As a working conference, Design as Common Good does not end, it is merely beginning!

  • Engaging Workshops - Participation Limited

    Be sure to sign up quickly to the workshop of your interest when you register - as you can imagine, many workshops have to limit the number of participants in order to be able to run their sessions. Check out the workshop program now!

  • Proceedings Published Under a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 License

    In line with the theme of the conference to generate common value, the proceedings will be published under a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license.

    Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-ND):
    Allows users to copy and distribute the Article, provided this is not done for commercial purposes and further does not permit distribution of the Article if it is changed or edited in any way, and provided the user gives appropriate credit (with a link to the formal publication through the relevant DOI), provides a link to the license, and that the licensor is not represented as endorsing the use made of the work. The full details of the license are available at Creative Commons website.

    Author Rights
    For open access publishing, Swiss Design Network uses an exclusive licensing agreement. Authors will transfer copyright to the Swiss Design Network, but will have the right to share their article in the same way permitted to third parties under the relevant user license, as well as certain scholarly usage rights.

  • Get ready to Hopin!

    The conference is using the Hopin platform. Anyone who clicks on register on our website will be taken to HopIn. On March 25th and March 26th, you can use the link you received from Hopin to join easily and find all sessions and workshops.

  • Conference Proceedings coming up

    The conference proceedings are now undergoing a final round of corrections and adjustments. Look forward to reading all presented papers in the panels and to looking up what the workshops are all about.