Designfakulteten är ett nationellt centrum för designforskning förlagt till KTH. Strävan är att utveckla design som kunskapsfält för att kunna möta sociala, ekonomiska och tekniska utmaningar i samhället på ett hållbart, innovativt och estetiskt medvetet sätt. I vår forskarskola deltar idag ett drygt 50-tal doktorander från våra många medlemsuniversitet och -högskolor runt om i landet.

Design angår oss alla, dagligen och överallt, privat och i det offentliga rummet. Design är i denna mening samhällets största kultursektor. Design är genom sin förnyelsekraft även avgörande för konkurrensförmågan i många branscher. Designforskning behövs för att design ska kunna utveckla sin kulturella och innovativa roll för framtidens komplexa och snabbt föränderliga omvärld med ökade krav på hållbar utveckling.

Creating engagement, meaning, and sustainable behaviour

Interaction designer Loove Broms defends his thesis September 3rd at KTH. Storyforming – Experiments in creating discursive engagements between people, things, and environments, introduces and critically reflects on a design programme, Storyforming, that explores ways to design objects and places to enrich daily life narratives. Using an experimental design approach, the goal is to exemplify and explore this idea with discursive artefacts that, through their physical and temporal form, act as catalysts in the construction of meaningful experiences. Read the abstract here.

Making Commons – attempts at composing prospects in the opening of production

is the title of Anna Seravallis thesis that she will defend on September 1st. It accounts for a designerly inquiry into the swamp of the opening of production which refers to the rising of openness, collaboration and sharing in processes through which things are made and service delivered. A swamp, because it represents a complex landscape where theory and practice meet and where diverse views and understanding of what openness, collaboration and sharing may entail are intertwined. Among other things, Anna Seravalli examines the nature of open, collaborative, sharing production practices and to what extent they can lead to more environmentally and socially sustainable ways of producing things and delivering services. Also how, as a designer, it might be possible to engage in not only envisioning and prototyping, but also in constructing open, collaborative, sharing-production practices. Read it all here.

Tre lektorer, a postdoctoral scholarship and Flexit

Konstfack söker en lektor i design, en andra med inriktning interaktiv design och den tredje med inriktning gestaltning. Samtliga tjänster är förlagda till Institutionen för Design, Konsthantverk och Konst, DKK – den största av Konstfacks institutioner. 
Läs mer om både skola och tjänster här.

A postdoctoral scholarship (2 years) at Umeå Institute of Design is an opportunity aimed for post-doctoral research, to be performed jointly with senior researchers and PhD students, as well as with our collaboration partners. The post-doc fellowship is for two years and comes with a stipend.  UID has a special interest in design researchers with a visionary trajectory and a genuine interest in design practices. More info here

Another thing to check up is the call for the upcoming three Flexit positions as in-house researchers at three different organisations.

Sign up for Nordes – Design Ecologies,

challenging anthropocentrism in the design of sustainable futures. 
Design hinges a natural-artificial continuum through humans’ natural capacity to produce what we call ‘the artificial’. At a time when human activity is threatening biodiversity and causing severe climate change, it becomes obvious that natural and artificial systems can no longer be conceived in isolation but only in relation to each other - or indeed as one. The 6th Nordic Design Research Conference, 7–10 June 2015 is taking place at Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm, and calls for submissions. Read more about the conference, tracks and important dates here.

Asylstafetten crafts politics

One of our students, Mahmoud Keshavarz, is one of the editors of the publication about Asylstafetten – a march from Malmö to Stockholm initiated by a group of asylum seekers and undocumented migrants in July 2013. The marchers demanded that their stories of migration, asylum and undocumentedness be heard and transferred into action. Many activities were organized for the duration of the 34 day-long march including the crafting workshops. Through essays and conversations with participants of the march, this publication portrays multiple narratives about the workshops; the spaces they occupied, the practices and ideas they generated as well as their political potential to come. 

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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:

Lär känna Designfakultetens doktorander

Designfakulteten har idag ett 50-tal doktorander från 17 olika högskolor och universitet. Ytterligare ett 20-tal har redan doktorerat. Våra doktoranders forskningsområden handlar bland mycket annat om industri-, tjänste- och interaktionsdesign liksom design management. Lär känna dem bättre här!

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Mathias Nordvalls bild
Tara Mullaneys bild
Noor Adila Mohd Rajilis bild
José Nuno Sampaios bild
Eric Snodgrasss bild
Despina Christoforidous bild
Mahmoud Keshavarzs bild

Designfakultetens medlemsinstitutioner

Designfakulteten är ett nationellt centrum för designforskning förlagt till KTH. Bland medlemsinstitutionerna finns de flesta stora svenska aktörerna inom designforskning.

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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