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

Integrating Design into Organizations: The Coevolution of Design Capabilities

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

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

Risk response over time: political compartmentalization of terrorism risk perception

Aki Koivula, Pekka Räsänen, Atte Oksanen, Teo Keipi 2020 JOURNAL OF RISK RESEARCH

Collaborative teaching as a tool in university development

E. Kähkönen, K. Airo 2020 SEFI 47th Annual Conference

Incorporating Field Effects into Functional Product-System Architecting Methods

Kevin Otto, Katja Hölttä-Otto, Roozbeh Sanaei, Kristin L. Wood 2020 Journal of Mechanical Design, Transactions of the ASME

Connecting people and ideas: Making sense of a research lab through creating a shared frame

Sheri Sheppard, Tua Björklund, Helen Chen, Shannon Gilmartin, Sara Atwood, Eric Reynolds Brubaker, KJ Chew, Philipp Christov, Catie Cuan, Patrick Danner, Barbara Karanian, Abisola Kusimo, Leif Luehmann, Vikas Maturi, Chieloka Mbaezue, Fabian Schäfer, Christian Schnell, George Toye, Marsie Trego 2020 International Journal of Engineering Education

Attracting (female) adolescents into STEM studies - where's the beef?

Jaana Suviniitty, Maria Clavert 2020 Proceedings of the SEFI 47th Annual Conference

Meaningful Moments at Work : Frames Evoked by In-House and Consultancy Designers

Tua Bjorklund, Floris van Der Marel 2019 Design Journal
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