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Design entails doing things and creating stages in a process. It also has to do with the material world, and has a focus on what matters. It is executed with dedication, is based on a context, and puts people first. There is always an applied perspective in which society, industry and the environment are important aspects. Design is executed in dialogue with the world around the designer, with the intention of making a difference.

UID19 – Design making a difference

Follow the students journey during this year's grad show, UID19 Design Talks & Degree Show.

Digital Ethics
"Digital ethics investigates what it looks like for individuals and societies to handle digital technology in a responsible way." The aim of this...
Research area: Design

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Karey Helms Returns to UID

In a exciting development, Karey Helms, alumna of the MFA Interaction Design Programme, has returned to Umeå Institute of Design (UID) as an Associate Professor of Design.

Re-imagining design beyond materialism

Can design respond differently to issues of social and ecological well-being in the future?

Design evolution through the martial art of Capoeira

Nicholas Torretta draws inspiration from Capoeira to shine a light on power structures in design thinking.

The end of the television - Will the digital wall revolutionize our homes?

Morteza Abdipour has studied how the digital wall might influence how we arrange our future households.

Back to the future - design histories tackle tomorrow

Maria explores whether forgotten episodes in design history can open new perspectives on design today.

Changing Things - Designing for Transparency in a Digital World

In Changing Things: Future of Objects in a Digital World, design of digital products are analysed .

New research charts an alternative imaginative path for design

Could a more experimental and imaginative way of doing design help make us better equipped today's challenges?

Is task-driven social media falling short in stimulating human relations?

Christoffel Kuenen suggests that the services provided by social media are not designed for being together.

Umeå Institute of Design ranked #1 again

For the third year in a row, Umeå Institute of Design was ranked number one in the Red Dot Design Ranking.

Duration 1 April 2024 until 1 April 2027
Type of project Research project
The Design Ecologies of Grassroot Communities
Research area: Design
Duration 1 September 2023
Type of project PhD project
S(c)en(t)sory Foraging
Duration 21 August 2023 until 20 August 2025
Type of project Research project
Design after progress: reimagining design histories and futures
Research area: Design, History of ideas
Duration 1 July 2023 until 30 June 2029
Type of project Research project
UmArts Art & AI research project
Research area: Architecture, Design, Fine arts
Duration 6 April 2023 until 5 April 2028
Type of project Research project
Interpresence institute
An interdisciplinary organization using all available methods for putting focus on that special thing of being present, together.
Research area: Design, Psychology
Sympoietic Collaboratory
The Sympoietic Collaboratory (SPC) brings together researchers to diversify thinking about more-than-human flourishing. Working with divergent...
Research area: Design