Practice-based design research

Umeå Institute of Design excels in leading design research.

Research at UID develops the design discipline by extending its existing practices and by forming its future foundations.

We make use of a range of activities and formats:

With a lifespan of three to five years, or even more, our research programmes are set up to probe deep into the futures and foundations of design. We use different kinds of projects to advance existing design practice as well as its future forms, typically through collaboration with industrial and academic partners. Our projects range from basic research to the applied, and are all significant research efforts often taking years to complete. Additionally, we also make use of more compact formats, events and interventions, for instance to conduct pre-studies or to probe new areas and formats.