The Design Research Cluster offers internationally recognized research in interaction design, based in three research groups. Together, we make things and use them to construct new knowledge in applied and experimental settings. Our methods include co-design, material and technological explorations. We publish in top conferences and journals, participate in exhibitions, appear in the popular press, and deploy our work in the real world. We work with international researchers, industry, the public sector, and community groups.
Our research contributes to design theory and practice by:
- Asking speculative and critical questions that demand physical experiments with new forms of interactions and new computational expressions (IxD)
- Exploring how to use design to address affective and emotional aspects of living with interactive technologies across specific use contexts and domains (AIR)
- Co-designing with active and involved users to construct digital things that fit real needs, and develop state-of-the-art methods for user involvement (Co-Design)