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Design Factory

Design Factory develops creative ways of working, spatial solutions and enhanced interdisciplinary interaction to support world-class product design in educational, research and practical application contexts.
Two students working at the Aalto University Design Factory's PrintLab

Aalto University Design Factory was born from a research project focused on creating an ideal physical and mental working environment for product developers and researchers. Today, ADF is one of the spearhead projects and one of the first physical manifestations of Aalto University's goal of encouraging and enabling fruitful interaction between students, researchers and industry professionals.

The Design Factory concept has been adopted by several universities around the world. The Design Factory Global Network consists of Design Factories that operate on the same principles and philosophies and also provides the same familiar environments in which to operate.

Our product development research covers product development methods, including conceptual design, modularisation, integrated product development processes and industrial design and design for manufacturing.

Key personnel

Latest publications

Department of Media, Design Factory

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Publishing year: 2018
Engineering Design, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Production Engineering, Design Factory

The Characteristics of Innovative, Mechanical Products-10 Years Later

Publishing year: 2018 Journal of Mechanical Design
Design Factory

Early-career engineers at the workplace: meaningful highs, lows and innovative work efforts

Publishing year: 2018
Engineering Design, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Design Factory

Assessing the development of empathy and innovation attitudes in a project-based engineering design course

Publishing year: 2018
Design Factory

Implications of contextual empathic design for engineering education

Publishing year: 2018
Design Factory

Coding for culture, diversity, gender, and identity: the potential for automation in research

Publishing year: 2018
Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, Design Factory

Flowcharts, Swimlanes, and Timelines

Publishing year: 2018 Journal of Business and Technical Communication
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Design, Design Factory

Design sprint for complex system architecture analysis

Publishing year: 2018
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Design, Design Factory

Micro-textured films for reducing microbial colonization in a clinical setting

Publishing year: 2018 Journal of Hospital Infection
Design Factory, Department of Management Studies

Constructing the future of design : How design professionals perceive their changing role

Publishing year: 2018
More information on our research in the Research database.
Research database

Research group members

Irena Bakic

Design Factory
Project Employee

Maria Clavert

Design Factory
Development Specialist

Joana Da Silva Moreira

Design Factory
Study Instructor
Senni Kirjavainen

Senni Kirjavainen

Design Factory
Project Researcher

Markku Koskela

Design Factory
University Teacher

Ville Kukko-Liedes

Design Factory
Research Assistant

Eija Kähkönen

Design Factory
University Lecturer
Miko Laakso

Miko Laakso

Design Factory
Doctoral Candidate

David Leal Martinez

Design Factory
Senior Specialist

Maria Mikkonen

Design Factory
Doctoral Candidate

Teemu Ronkka

Design Factory
Senior Specialist

Jukka Song

Design Factory
Research Assistant
Floris van der Marel

Floris van der Marel

Design Factory
Doctoral Candidate