News

New pilot project promotes design for industry

The project builds bridges between Aalto design students and technology industries

This week Technology Industries of Finland Centennial Foundation awarded funding for collaborative project between Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Design Forum Finland and Technology Industries of Finland.

The pilot aims to build bridges between Aalto design students and technology industries and demonstrate the added value of design for competitiveness and growth. In the long term, it aims to deepen and strengthen design in the Finnish companies. At the same time collaboration enables the understanding of the skills and demands the industry requires – present and in the future.

For Petteri Kolinen, CEO of the Design Forum Finland participating the project was obvious, “For the competitiveness of Finland it is crucial that the role of design and design leadership is strengthened. Finland is one of the world most innovative country, but there is a lack of desirable brands and product portfolios. The fact remains that design-led innovations bring growth.” The report published this week by the Ministry of Education and Culture also emphasizes the importance of incorporating design broadly in Finnish economy.

During the three-month pilot, from June to August, the design students work in teams with company specific assignments. Individual assignments are defined in collaboration with the participating companies, students and design professionals in order to bring added value to the business and strategy.

Further information:

Aalto University Corporate Relations, Pirita Posti, +358 50 3646381, [email protected]

Department of Design at Aalto University, Pekka Murto, +358 50 3834649, [email protected]

Design Forum Finland 

Technology Industries of Finland Centennial Foundation

  • Published:
  • Updated:
Share
URL copied!

Read more news

Two people having a conversation at a coffee room in front of a window with light pouring in.
Cooperation Published:

WithSecure and SSH support international talent at Aalto University

Finnish cybersecurity companies SSH and WithSecure have made donations for student scholarships to Aalto University to attract the best and brightest international information security talent to Finland.
Kemian tekniikan tutkija / Chemical engineering researcher
Cooperation Published:

From processing metals to recycling batteries - Aalto University and Boliden work together to strengthen top expertise in metallurgy

Competence in metallurgy is needed as the energy transition increases the demand for metals, and the reuse of materials requires new competence.
Espoo Ambassador 2022, prof. Rebecca Piekkari
Appointments, Cooperation Published:

Professor Rebecca Piekkari selected as Espoo Ambassador 2022

As Espoo Ambassador, Professor Piekkari will represent Espoo's scientific excellence when travelling around the world
Food Futures, ATARCA
Cooperation, Press releases, Research & Art Published:

Learning by doing: Solving the Tragedy of the Commons one Meal at a time

Food Futures, part of ATARCA, Aalto University, in collaboration with Global Politics and Communication, University of Helsinki, present the video Learning by Doing: Solving the Tragedy of the Commons one Meal at a time.