Department of Design

Department of Design

The Department of Design is a diverse community of competent, creative and responsible individuals. In design, we appreciate technical skill, social significance and artistic expression.

We educate front-line design professionals and visionaries for established, changing and emerging fields of design. We renew our expertise through high level research in continuous collaboration with our stakeholders. We strive towards a sustainable and just society and environment.

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Studies at Department of Design

You can choose the Bachelor's degree major between Design, Fashion or Aalto Bachelor Prorgamme in Design. Master's studies can be conducted either in Collaborative and Industrial Design; Fashion, Clothing and Textile Design; or Contemporary Design programme. In addition, the Department provides two Aalto-level Master's programmes: International Design Business Management and Creative Sustainability.

A student focuses either in the Master's degree major or the field of the programme, and may take advantage of Aalto University’s wide range of multidisciplinary courses for the minors and freely selectable studies.

Prof. Maarit Mäkelä and her work

Research

Our research is at the international forefront in sustainable design, practice-based design research, human-centered design and co-design. Our research environment enables and our culture encourages goal-oriented research, imaginative experiments, critical discussion, and transdisciplinary collaboration.

Go to Aalto Design Research Site

Research Groups

ENCORE - Engaging Co-design Research Group

The ENCORE research group explores constantly application fields for co-design through hands-on exploration and ambitious research. The visionary competence stems mostly from industrial design spiced with engineering, architecture and anthropology.

Encore

Empirica – Research on art, design and culture

Group approaches research with an attitude, where making, acting and engaging play important roles.

Empirica tutkimusryhmän työtä

Fashion/Textile Futures

The Fashion/Textile Futures research group explores new perspectives on human-centered design research. The group approaches research in the field of fashion, clothing and textiles in multi-faceted ways.

A coat made of Ioncell. Design: Anna-Mari Leppisaari. Photo: Eeva Suorlahti

INUSE - The users and innovation research group (external link)

Researches the roles users play in design and innovation.

Aalto Flags - Aino Huovinen

SDIM - Strategic Design Integration and Management Group (external link)

The Strategic Design Integration and Management (SDIM) research group organises researchers with an interest in design management and the organisational adoption, implementation and leadership of designers and design-based practices at the Department of Design.

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NODUS – Sustainable design research group

NODUS Sustainable Design Research Group undertakes transdisciplinary design research for sustainable futures.

Embodied Design Research Group

Embodied design (ED) can be seen as a design agenda. Current computing systems treat human beings mostly as connected minds, quite completely disregarding our bodily engagement with the world. Embodied design embraces the human body as a central resource for action, communication, and play.

EDG Research Group

Collaborate with us

We offer our partners the opportunity to collaborate with international level designers and design researchers.

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Design for Government 2018 photo by Heidi Konttinen

Gallery

The gallery of the Department of Design.

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Emma Saarnio ja Helmi Liikanen

News

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Studies Published:

Good design benefits us all – welcome to open Design Talks lecture series

Join us for our open lecture series discussing about the relevance of design in different contexts.
Andrea Botero Cabrera
Appointments Published:

Finding the red thread between design research, science and technology and innovation

Industrial designer, Academy Fellow Researcher Andrea Botero Cabrera will take on the position of Associate Professor, New Frontiers in Design in Aalto University starting from August 2022.
Leevi Ikäheimo's anatomical outfit (2020). Photo: Mika Kailes
Press releases Published:

They changed Finnish fashion in the 2020’s

”Intimacy” exhibition at Helsinki Designmuseum presents 40 designers and companies at the intersection of novel politicization and digital disruption of fashion.
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Honoured, Studies Published:

Idaliina Friman is the Young Designer of the Year 2021

The winning collection was created from recycled and surplus materials.

Events

The relevance of design for sustainability
Online event

#1 DesignTalks: The relevance of design for sustainability

The first Design Talks will discuss why design is relevant for sustainability transformations with Idil Gaziulusoy (Aalto University) and Kimmo Timonen (Adventure Club). Everyone is welcome to join!
The relevance of design for corporations
Online event

#2 DesignTalks: The relevance of design for corporations

All companies can substantially benefit from design. Tua Björklund (Aalto University) and Juho Paasonen (Posti) will share their findings. Everyone is welcome to join!
The relevance of design for cities
Online event

#3 DesignTalks: The relevance of design for cities

Why design is especially useful for cities? Núria Solsona (Aalto University) and Päivi Hietanen (City of Helsinki) are sharing their insights. Everyone is welcome to join!
Department of Design - Personnel

Where to find us

School of Arts, Design and Architecture by Sari Dhima

Väre

Otaniementie 14
School of Arts, Design and Architecture

Locations

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