Research Project Collaborations

Umeå Design Research Group, the research department at Umeå Institute of Design, carries out studio-based design research in close collaboration with a number of leading industry partners. Umeå Design Research Group, with a core competence in industrial design, is yet an inherently multidisciplinary group unusual in the academic setting.

Our work is studio-based, human-centred, multi-disciplinary, and collaborative. In a Scandinavian design tradition, we aim to meet client challenges as well as end-user needs. With currently eleven full-time employees, Umeå Design Research Group is financed by external funds directly from Swedish industry, including ABB, Volvo Trucks, Umeå kommun (Umeå municipality), Ericsson, Autoliv, Telia, and Electrolux. Our clients and collaborators tend to come back, which we feel is a sign of success in our cooperation.

For more information, please see our Design Research page.

If your company or institution is interested to collaborate with us on a research level, please contact our Research Director.