The Design Faculty is Sweden’s national centre for design research and is based at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. The Faculty’s goal is to develop design as a field of knowledge in order to be able to respond to social, economic and technological challenges in society in a sustainable, innovative and aesthetically aware way. Currently just over 50 doctoral students from our many member universities and colleges throughout Sweden are participating in our research school.

Design affects us all – every day and everywhere – in private and in public. In this sense, design is society’s biggest cultural sector. As a force for renewal, design is also decisive to competitive ability in many industries. Design research is necessary so that design can develop its cultural and innovative role in tomorrow’s complex and rapidly changing world with its increased demands for sustainable development.

Två prefekter sökes till Konstfack

Den 1 januari 2016 inrättas två nya institutioner vid Konstfack; Institutionen för design, inredningsarkitektur och visuell kommunikation samt Institutionen för konsthantverk. Till dessa söks nu två prefekter för att leda verksamheten, sista ansökningsdag är den 26 november. Klicka här för mer information.

Opening Up Design

is the name of Guido Hermans thesis that he successfully defended 6 October at Umeå Institute of Design, Umeå. Professor Ron Wakkary, School of Interactive Arts & Technology and Simon Fraser University, Canada was opponent and the dissertation in industrial design focuses on the gap between the context of design and the context of use. It aims to open up design to the layperson and investigate an active role for the layperson in the design of everyday products. Read the abstract here and/or the whole dissertation here. And by the way – Guido Hermans is D!’s 30th Doctor and alumni. Congratulations!

Join us at the Gothenburg Book Fair!

The field of design research has over the last fifty years developed immensely and has undergone several shifts, and today, design research spans a vast field, from artistically informed experimentation with form, function and materiality to the articulation of evidence based methodologies; from practice based enquires into the semantics of health services to the explorations of participatory formats for sustainable urban development. During this year’s Book Fair in Göteborg 24-27 September, D! arranges its 36th PhD “internat”. As a part of Forskartorget/The Research Square, and in collaboration with SVID and ArkDes, D! will expose the outcomes of its eight years of development of Swedish design research education and discuss the future of design research on the doctoral and post-doctoral level. For a schedule, please take a look a the internat's programme. Welcome!

A new platform is launched

Manipulations is a platform for an ongoing investigation of the concept of manipulation, put together by two of D!’s students, Mahmoud Keshavarz and Eric Snodgrass, School of Arts and Communication, Malmö University. It includes a series of artistic and theoretical contributions covering a range of issues (design, violence, digital imaging, etc.), is open for further contributions and can act as a resource and point of contact for those interested in exploring the theme.

Eneberg and Emilson up for defence

Magnus Eneberg will defend his thesis Beyond the Product – Enabling design services in small and medium sized enterprises on 4 September at Designcentrum in Lund. The overall purpose of the thesis is to expand our understanding of design as an enabling service in the context of small and medium sized enterprises. On 9 September, Anders Emilson defends his Design in the space between stories: design for social innovation and sustainability – from responding to societal challenges to preparing for societal collapse at Malmö högskola. Among other questions Emilson tries to answer what design can offer in the transition from industrial civilization to a new society where we can both survive and thrive. Opponent is Ezio Manzini from Politecnico in Milan. The day after, 10 September, he and Emilson will continue exploring stories, design, sustainability, resilience, social innovation, democracy and futures through a number of activities.

Dela/spara Dela eller tipsa

Read the summary of the Design Faculty’s activities between 2008 and May 2014 as we are seeking funding for our continued existence.

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Här kan du se kommande händelser och events.
23 November 2015
24 November 2015 - 25 November 2015
24 May 2016 - 26 May 2016

Get to know the Design Faculty’s doctoral students

The Design Faculty currently has about 50 doctoral students from many colleges and universities throughout Sweden. Another 20 or so have already graduated. Our doctoral students’ research fields cover a wide range of subjects including industrial, service and interaction design as well as design management. Get to know them better here!

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Designfakulteten grundades i december 2007 med finansiering från Vetenskapsrådet och KTH. Dess främsta verksamhet är att driva en nationell forskarskola i design i samarbete med ett 20-tal institutioner runt om i Sverige.

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