Department of Mechanical Engineering

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 is a platform for co-creation across disciplinary, organisational and even geographical boundaries. Born as one of the first physical manifestations of Aalto University, a network of over 20 Design Factories across the globe has been formed to support reimagining higher education around product development. 

Whether you're a staff member, student, alumni or represent the surrounding societal and industrial ecosystem, Design Factory aims to lower the threshold for the first steps of experimentation in our university. We pilot new forms of practices in education and development, host a number of courses and research groups, as well as offer prototyping facilities that any student can make use of with the help of our lab masters. 

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Latest publications

Sauna bathing frequency in Finland and the impact of COVID-19

Lassi Liikkanen, Jari A. Laukkanen 2021 COMPLEMENTARY THERAPIES IN MEDICINE

Expanding entrepreneurial solution spaces in times of crisis

Tua A. Björklund, Maria Mikkonen, Pauliina Mattila, Floris van der Marel 2020 Journal of Business Venturing Insights

Integrating Design into Organizations: The Coevolution of Design Capabilities

Tua Björklund, Hanna Maula, Sarah Soule, Jesse Maula 2020 CALIFORNIA MANAGEMENT REVIEW

Creating value in project-based multidisciplinary design courses

Klaus Castren, Sine Celik, Tua A. Björklund, Niina Nurmi 2020 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference

Educating future engineers - student perceptions of the societal linkages of innovation opportunities

Sine Celik, Senni Kirjavainen, Tua Björklund 2020 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

Deconstruction of idea generation methods into a framework of creativity mechanisms

Senni Kirjavainen, Katja Hölttä-Otto 2020 32nd International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology (DTM)

Deconstruction of Idea Generation Methods Into a Framework of Creativity Mechanisms

Senni Kirjavainen, Katja Hölttä-Otto 2020 Journal of Mechanical Design

Online gambling activity in Finland 2006–2016

Aki Koivula, Pekka Räsänen, Ilkka Koiranen, Teo Keipi 2020 Social Computing and Social Media. Participation, User Experience, Consumer Experience, and Applications of Social Computing - 12th International Conference, SCSM 2020, Held as Part of the 22nd HCI International Conference, HCII 2020, Proceedings
More information on our research in the Research database.
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