Conference theme


4D is an International Conference aimed to discuss the role of Design in developing value for social entities, technological advancement, and business creation and revamping. Modern and nascent economies indeed are adopting design as a competitive lever to embed continuous and discontinuous technology in new product language as to propose new entrepreneurial ventures. Moreover design has become a strategic lever for social entities to run fund-raising, to create new user engaging logic’s, to combine social and economic value.

Specifically 4D conference embraces both perspectives: i) “designing development” where design is the main input to create feasible conditions to enhance social values, to diffuse new technology paradigms and to create new ventures; ii) “developing design” where design is the “output” of the inter-playing of social, economic and technological supporting forces.

The Conference aims to attract speakers and scholars representing different fields of design to enhance the interdisciplinary interaction and scientific input to the topic of Design and Development in Today’s Modern World.

Keywords: design in general, design thinking, aesthetics, craftsmanship, entrepreneurship, networked society, social innovation, open innovation, sustainability, technological development, post-human era, local, global


The Conference is organized within 3 tracks:

TRACK 1: Meanings of Design in Social Development

Topic 1.1: Design for the Future Craftsmanship

Topic 1.2: Design for Third Sector and Social Innovation

TRACK 2: Meanings of Design in Technological Development

Topic 2.1: Design for New Paradigms in Production

Topic 2.2: The Role of Design in Humanizing Technologies

TRACK 3: Meanings of Design in Business Development

Topic 3.1: Designing Tradition in Global Markets

Topic 3.2:  Design for Business in the Post-human Era




With the contribution of