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.

D! finding new ways in 2016

From 1st January 2016 the Swedish Faculty for Design Research and Research Education (Designfakulteten) will find new ways of carrying out our successful mission – 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. From our start in 2008 until now, 30 PhD students have successfully defended their thesis and another 53 are enrolled in our basic course. This website is our legacy and if you want to know more about our past and present, don’t hesitate to contact stefan [dot] holmlid [at] liu [dot] se (Chairman of D&R, the Swedish Design & Research Network).

The Design Research Award 2015... awarded two new doctors in design, Anders Emilson and Helena Tobiasson. With backgrounds in areas outside of the design field, the two laureates present highly topical issues and relevant perspectives on design practice. Both show a strong social commitment, one concerning climate transition, the other concerning physical activity and work place conditions; commitments reflected in their experience-based and collaborative approaches. Read more here.

Good, usable news!

Just a click away is the new site Design Research, a service that helps you find and use design research in order to create new knowledge and new solutions. At the same time your searches are valuable to show how design research develop society. The service is a cooperation between D! and SVID, Swedish Industrial Design Foundation. Here it is:

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!

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.

And in Swedish:

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!

Ulises Navarro Aguiars bild
Luca Simeones bild
Jinyi Wangs bild
Stoffel Kuenens bild
Martin Bergmans bild
Aditya Pawars bild
Danwei Tran Lucianis bild
Karin Ehrnbergers bild

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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