Findings and conclusions from ‘Sketching your academic output’ workshop (download PDF).


There are two workshops for 2018. Enrollment is via the Conftool interface, when purchasing your conference ticket.

Both workshops: 14:30 – 17:30, 5 September 2018 followed by drinks & refreshments

Venue for both workshops: Royal College of Art, Senior Common Room

Workshop 1: Co-creating augmented cultural experiences in Albertopolis

In conjunction with the international Engineering & Product Design Education Conference, and the EU PLUGGY project, Imperial College and Royal College of Art are hosting a free co-design workshop for participants to co-create cultural experiences based on the rich design and innovation history of Albertopolis using the tools for augmentation created by Pluggy.

Imperial College London and RCA are both located on land gifted to the UK from profits made from the groundbreaking Great Exhibition of 1851. This event was a significant landmark in the history of design. Therefore, our location and heritage provide an incredible setting for exploring how new technology platforms can be used in real-time to build and enhance a cultural experience.

PLUGGY enables users to co-create and experience cultural stories through a social platform and ‘pluggable’ applications for 3D sound and augmented reality. The aim is to create better experiences for all type of potential users through a process of co-creating cultural heritage.

You are warmly invited to join us for a late afternoon and evening of refreshments, problem solving, and hacking for culture.

What you can expect from the workshop

An afternoon of hands on cultural exploration and content creation that enriches your, and future visitor, experiences of the Albertopolis cultural heritage. You will be teamed up side-by-side with Imperial and RCA staff and students, cultural heritage professionals, designers and researchers and London’s community.



2:00 – 2:30  Registration, networking and Albertopolis orientation

2:30 – 2:45  Kick-off and introductions

2:45 – 3:30  Teams try out the Pluggy applications based on Albertopolis experiences

3:30 – 4:15  Content developed

4:15 – 4:45  Teams pitch their work

4:45 – 5:30  Workshop wrap-up

6.00 – 8.00  Refreshments and drinks reception with Sonic playback


Workshop 2: Sketching your academic output (alternative publication methods)

In line with the aims of the newly proposed special interest group (SIG) called ‘Design Sketching’, an international group of sketching practitioners and educators, offers a free workshop that explores the visual depiction of academic output through sketching.

In order to align design education, research and practice, as well as the discipline of design sketching and visualization, the ‘Design Sketching’ SIG desires to explore alternative methods of academic publication. The ‘generic’ language of sketching and drawing could be used to visualize the content of publications which – traditionally – are primarily rendered in text. An alternative visual format for sharing cases, course work, practices, methods and research would enable both practice and education to participate in non-written forms of output. It would also help align traditional design research to the subject it discusses. Moreover, visual output formats could make any research outcome increasingly accessible to a broader and increasingly diverse audience.

We welcome you to this workshop that includes exercises, case reviews, and examples of non-written output.  We will explore the academic implications of this notion and you will be challenged and supported in transforming one of your own publications into a visual format. Please bring one of your already published papers to use as a vehicle to explore how it might be made visual.

Sketches for representation of all kind (Sypesteyn, TU Delft)

What you can expect from the workshop

A small team of professional design practitioners, visualizers and educators, with backgrounds in product design and visual thinking will introduce and facilitate the workshop. Participants will investigate and explore ways of visualizing their own and others publications from a different point of view.


2:00 – 2:30 Registration, networking

2:30 – 2:45 Kick-off and introduction of the workshop

2:45 – 3:00 Cases and examples of visual depiction of information and publications

3:00 – 3:45 Exercises: sketches and stories: approaches, sections, elements

3:45 – 4:00 Break

4:00 – 5:15 Transform your work through sketches – please bring one of your own papers you wish to explore visually

5:15 – 5:45 Discuss new format assessment criteria

5:45 – 6:00 Workshop wrap-up

6.00 – 8.00  Refreshments and drinks reception