Abstract

This paper records some experiences of the author as a Council member and Officer of the Design Research Society during the 1980s and 1990s. This included a precarious period when the Society's very existence was in question and it was in danger of being wound up. During this time we managed to get the Society back on to a firm footing and broke new ground, firstly embracing the internet which massively improved communications between members, and secondly we began to co-operate with the Design Societies of East Asia. We re-established DRS as a learned society with a truly international reach.

Keywords:

Bath conference; DRS internal problems; revitalisation of DRS; start of IASDR

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The Design Research Society in the 1980s and 1990s: a memoir

This paper records some experiences of the author as a Council member and Officer of the Design Research Society during the 1980s and 1990s. This included a precarious period when the Society's very existence was in question and it was in danger of being wound up. During this time we managed to get the Society back on to a firm footing and broke new ground, firstly embracing the internet which massively improved communications between members, and secondly we began to co-operate with the Design Societies of East Asia. We re-established DRS as a learned society with a truly international reach.

 

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