In design, one should always strive towards becoming a
generalist, not a specialist. That's according to Alberto
Villarreal. Judging by his own career, the empirical evidence
suggests switching lanes is instrumental to fueling and fostering
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
Follow the students journey during this year's grad show,
UID19 Design Talks & Degree Show.
Inspired by his autistic brother Julian, André
Kennedy, MFA IxD 2018, developed an inclusive
financial system for people living with neurodevelopmental
During a recent exhibition, PhD students at UID created
physical manifestations of their ongoing projects. The task of
materializing abstract concepts and ideas turned out to present a
In their new book, "Changing Things: The Future of Objects
in a Digital World", assistant professor Heather Wiltse and
professor Johan Redström explore what the networked, digital
products of our time actually do and whom they are really designed
In their latest project, Daan Hekking and Marc Saboya ventured
into unknown territory. Creating a collaborative robot for
microbiologists became their greatest challenge to date.
In modern medicine, we are able to measure almost anything
relating to our bodies. Analyzing and responding to that data is
often a more complex procedure. In an effort to bridge that gap,
three students at UID developed AERO° - a smart interface
aimed at evolving anaesthesia and intensive care by making
breathing visible in real time.
Six months into the MFA Programme in Interaction Design, Carolyn
Wegner has immersed herself in Swedish nature and culture alike.
Follow her journey at UID, and beyond, on her blog.
Akansha Aggarwal wants a future where technology is dictated by
people's real needs. She is in her final year of the Master's
Programme in Interaction Design and in about six months she will
venture into the world of design, hoping to make her mark through
The story of how Ilteris Ilbasan, then a student at UID, found
hope and opportunity in the aftermath of the West African Ebola
How are theories produced in design research? In his new
book, Johan Redström challenges traditional conventions of theory
The self-labelled 'Gender Photographer', Tomas Gunnarsson,
visited UID to challenge students' norms and perceptions about
gender in design.
Experienced car designer Anne Asensio, previously at Renault and
General Motors, had a clear message to students as she spoke from
the stage at UID17. She urged the designers of tomorrow to embrace
technology and use it as a positive tool to meet the important
social needs of our day.
Many of us have had negative experiences with technology while
performing interactions on the go. Activities such as cycling,
skiing or driving do not lend themselves to tradiotional
multi-tasking. In his PhD thesis, UID's Rouien Zarin
explores how to solve these issues in extreme sporting
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