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.

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.

Professor at Aalto University?!

Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture invites applications for Professor of Practice in Furniture Design. The position provides respected professionals with an opportunity to open new areas of teaching, research, artistic and/or professional work in Aalto University. This particular position is located at the Department Design and will mostly serve the Master's Programme in Product and Spatial Design. The Department of Design is an academic community of approximately 850 students, 70 doctoral students and 70 faculty members. The position is fixed-term for five years and can be filled in either on a full-time or a part-time basis. The position will begin on August 1st, 2016 or as agreed. Click for more info!

Three new PhD students – welcome!

Annika Olofsdotter Bergström from Blekinge Institute of Technology, Jeroen Peeters from The Interactive Institute and Vasiliki Tsaknaki from KTH. Annika’s research area is Feministic technoscience and game design and her research is asking questions about how pervasive games, as a process can explore how polyphonic experiences, bodies and radically different perspectives can create new knowledge in a physical location. Jeroen’s research explores how to design for engagement through aesthetics of interaction and he’s particularly interested in designs that emphasize a unity of mind and body and address a multitude of abilities. Vasiliki's preliminary title of her thesis is Crafting Interactions: the material and performative aspects of making and wearing. Her research interests include the combination of ‘natural’ materials with electronic components, but also ways of crafting such materials, using both traditional processes and digital fabrication tools.

Congratulations, our 25th doctor

in design Henrik Svarrer Larsen who successfully defended his thesis Tangible Participation – Engaging Designs & Designerly Engagements in Pedagogical Praxes. In his research Henrik Svarrer Larsen see the aim of design research programmes  as seeking and expressing alternatives by critical questioning and imaginations of change. In Larsen’s programme called Tangible Participation, such alternatives are articulated in a set of designs – suggestive “sketches” making the possible present. Johan Redström, professor at Umeå Institute of  Design, was opponent. Please read more here.

Get ready for our 35th internat,

4-6 May at Mälardalen University in Eskilstuna. The theme is Information Design and Visualization a topic with a range of angles to examine. In the global market visualizations are often used to overcome language obstacles and to support communication between different stakeholders, in addition they are often used to facilitate design processes. Visual representations externalize mental images and facilitate the dialogue in a design process and with stakeholders. What characterizes a visual representation is that it portrays things and shows abstract relations, and is therefore exceptional in relation to the spoken and written language. Read more + the programme here.

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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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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