Since its founding in 1954 (the first general meeting was held on March 22), the Japanese Society for the Science of Design (JSSD), a scholarly organization registered and approved by the Science Council of Japan, has been undertaking activities to achieve its goal of “contributing to the advancement of academic research in the field of design through the mutual cooperation of its members.”

In response to today’s diversification of design themes, the Society, JSSD, as the core institution of the International Association of Societies of Design Research (IASDR), organizes international conferences and promotes international scholarly alliances. In addition, research paper conferences, symposia, etc., are held each year in Japan, and concerted efforts are made to conduct research section activities that will encourage research exchanges among members on special design themes. The results from these activities are publicized widely in Japan and overseas through paper collections, special collections, collection of works, under the JSSD’s journal “Bulletin of Japanese Society for the Science of Design”, to make a design-based contribution to the wholesome development of society and culture.

Date of establishment

March 22, 1954

Brief Introduction

Became a scholarly organization registered and approved by the Science Council of Japan.

The Society is adding about 150 new members each year. In recent years, many new members have been graduate students, commercial designers , and overseas applicants, especially from Southeast Asia.

The number and quality of research presentations at the spring conference, and special symposia at the autumn conference, have increased. For example, there are approximately 200 presentations given at the spring conference.

*The JSSD fiscal year is from April 1 to March 31 of the following calendar year.