The graphic design field has been witnessing a steadily growing interest in research. This can be seen at several levels: in teaching (with a better articulation of theory and project), in practice (with more reflexivity and critical perspective) as well as in research itself (enriching and diversifying its knowledge base). Exhibited in 2017 at the National center for graphic design of Chaumont, in France, a first cartography has revealed the territories, actors and emerging themes of graphic design research in France, while presenting its issues to a wider audience. The Centre national des arts plastiques (National Center for Visual Arts) has organized several research seminars and conferences and a special issue of Graphisme en France has been devoted to the graphic design research scene and its themes. Both strengthening a network of diverse actors as well as disseminating their research is a real endeavour in a context where many connections are yet to be established. In the aforementioned issue of Graphisme en France, Alice Twemlow and Éloïsa Pérez were already mentioning the lack of shared framework for researchers in the domain. What currently defines graphic design research is the enduring discussion about its identity and its specificity at the frontiers of neighboring practices of visual arts and design. Disciplines such as art history, semiotics, visual studies, communication studies or sociology (to name just a few), all well established fields, are studying topics that overlap with those of graphic design but that they consider through very different paradigms. What are “designerly ways of knowing” and ways of doing that are specific to graphic design research? And how have they been developing over the years and with neighboring disciplines?

A new wave of researchers recently emerged. However, without a formally defined discipline, these researchers generally work from within other disciplines, using sometimes very different methods, frameworks and references. This one-day conference will be questioning these theoretical frameworks and methods by those who are designing and using them. The discussions will help us develop a shared paradigm and establish a common ground for the discipline.

We are inviting researchers to present their work and take a step aside to answer one or several of the following questions.

How to imagine paradigms of graphic design research from/outside of neighboring disciplines? What ideas, models, resources for current graphic design research? What new conceptual tools for thinking about emerging issues with our visual and graphic environnement. How to establish a common ground among researchers whose diverse research approaches incorporate graphic design as a practice or, conversely, as a research topic?

Submission details

- Title
- 3000 signs summary of your talk
- Name, first name, short biography, affiliation and discipline

Both submissions and talks can be in french or in english.

Please send your submissions to and before January 22nd, 2020. Email subject: proposition de communication - design graphique, des manières de faire de la recherche.

Submissions evaluation

Submissions will go through a double-blind review process with at least two members of the scientific committee. Selected submissions will also be published in the conference proceedings.


22/01/2020 - Submission deadline
17/02/2020 - Decision notification
27/04/2020 - Conference day at Centre Pompidou

Organizing committee

Véronique Marrier (Cnap)
Nolwenn Maudet (Université de Strasbourg - EA3402)
Vivien Philizot (Université de Strasbourg - EA3402)
Romain Lacroix (Centre Georges Pompidou)

Scientific committee

Julie Blanc (EUR ArTeC / Université Paris 8 - EA349 / EnsadLab)
Jeremy Boy (Organisation des nations unies)
Lorène Ceccon (Université Jean Monnet - CIEREC / École Supérieure d'Art et Design Saint-Étienne - CyDRe, Random(Lab))
Léonore Conte (Université Paris 8 - TEAMeD)
Véronique Marrier (Cnap)
Nolwenn Maudet (Université de Strasbourg - EA3402)
Éloïsa Pérez (Sorbonne Université – CELSA, ENSAD Nancy – Anrt)
Vivien Philizot (Université de Strasbourg - EA3402)
Fabrice Sabatier (Université Libre de Bruxelles, ERG)