UID18 - Special Guests Announced


UID18 | Design Talks & Degree Show on May 31 - June 1 has confirmed the presence of special guests Stina Nilimaa Wickström, Vice President of Product Design for the Volvo Group, and Tim Brown, CEO of IDEO. 

UID18 | Design Talks & Degree Show is our annual celebration of the extraordinary student talent here at the Umeå Institute of Design. This year's projects and conversations aim to generate discussion on whether design and technology can be used to strengthen our humanity. Preparations are already well under way as our graduating students from product, interaction and transportation design dedicate themselves to soon share the results from their thesis work. Click here, to find out more about the projects

As usual the event is invitation-only, targeted at strategic partners and our alumni base.  Click here to sign up and guarantee your place at UID18

The Special Guests

Stina Nilimaa Wickström is Vice President of Product Design for the Volvo Group. She  is responsible for the exterior, interior and digital design of all projects and services, which have won numerous awards to date. In the course of her twenty-year career, Stina has held leading roles in the field of design and marketing - for example at Electrolux, Husqvarna and Wall Vision - and has been an active member of various boards and management committees, including since 2012 as Chair Person of the board of the Swedish Design Agency. Stina is an Umeå Insitute of Design alumnus, having obtained a masters degree in industrial design here in 1995.

Tim Brown is the CEO of IDEO and a leading voice on the value of design thinking in business and society. His ideas and experience are widely sought in industry, academia, and the nonprofit community; and he's a regular participant in the World Economic Forum at Davos. Tim has a special interest in the convergence of technology and the arts, as well as the ways in which design can be used to promote the well being of people living in emerging economies. In fact, the first seeds for were planted by Tim after a life-changing trip to India. And he has nurtured their growth ever since. Tim joined IDEO in 1987 after earning his MA in design from the Royal College of Art in London. (from