This year’s theme ‘The Cost of Design’ explores the complexities of the historic and contemporary relationship between design and economy. Both ‘cost’ and ‘economy’ are to be considered beyond the financial. Cost is envisaged as the exchange of resources, meaning or value. Design is both influenced by, and can shape, economic systems. This year’s conference will look at how design sustains, accelerates or challenges dominant systems and examines the resulting social, culture, economic or environmental consequences that arise.