Equipped with the UN 'Sustainable Development Goals' as a
roadmap for change, TD1 students role-played as design strategists
analyzing trends and developing solutions towards a more circular
The might of the Uma river, whose life-giving force once gave
birth (and name) to our city, inspired a group of students to
embark on a design journey with mother nature as the ultimate
beneficiary, rather than their fellow humans.
Is the global trend of multi-generational homes here to
stay? If so, how can innovative design make the most of the
opportunities and challenges presented by these
In a challenge to develop speculative concepts designing with
living things, students were asked to look into the future to
explore how biodesign might shape our societies through the 21st
For his first ever sketch-to-model project, BFA1 student
Isaac Stenegärd produced something quite special during the
'workshop training course'. Yes, it's a 'Star Wars'
The first few minutes and hours spent at an intensive care unit
(ICU) can be vital, literally. The speed and quality of care often
affect patients' lives for years to come. In a project with
Getinge, APD2-students explored new design solutions for vital sign
monitoring in an ICU.
In a collaboration with Lynk & Co, TD1 students explored a
range of mobility solutions for urban families in 2030. Each team
received a unique brief where they were challenged to draw
inspiration from different cities, cultures and user groups.
Recently, students from Umeå Institute of Design at Umeå
University completed a unique project in collaboration with the
Cluster of Forest Technology along with several major stakeholder
in the forest industry. But the intended client was not industry,
Things are not what they used to be. And design cannot be what
it used to be if it is to work with them responsibly.
Can collaborative design processes evolve in a time of lockdown
and separation? In a project with Microsoft, the students'
imagination was tested as they embarked on a quest to co-create in
the remote space during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mid-pandemic, Electrolux challenged students at UID to explore
new home care solutions for the post Covid-19 era. The concepts
developed by students attempts to define a new generation of
household appliances, products that could make the future home a
more caring space in challenging times.
Over the past decade, AI and machine learning have provoked
debate in the global design community. But what if machine learning
could be used as a tool to break down gender stereotypes and spark
creativity among young children?
Can the emotions of a single user inform the design journey for
an entire vehicle concept? First-year transportation design
students explored an unusual process driven by
In design, one should always strive towards becoming a
generalist, not a specialist. That's according to Alberto
In his grad project last year, Simon Linge collaborated with ABB
to develop an idea for a robot that buzzes around hospital halls
stacking shelves. Today, he works at the
What Maria Göransdotter doesn't know about UID is probably not
worth knowing. After shouldering several roles, not least as vice
rector, she is now primarily focusing on her doctoral thesis on
Scandinavian user-centred design.
In their latest course, Fluid Assemblages, the second-year
students of the Master's Programme in Interaction Design were
challenged to "look under the hood" of the tech apps and gadgets of
An idea conceived in the UID workshop a decade ago has gone from
one-off prototype, to viral hit, to the finished article. The
product, a computer mouse, is inspired by the iconic Nintendo
console that brought us the Mario Bros and Donkey Kong.
Camille Moussette, the pioneering PhD graduate from UID, is
designing for hundreds of millions of people. Follow his path from
struggling physicist to impactful designer at the heart of the
Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino, keynote speaker at UID19,
talks candidly about the conflicting dualities of being a
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