Design research is a proactive and exploratory way to develop design practice and education.

Research generates grounded and lasting knowledge on design, its practices, practitioners, outcomes, possibilities, history, role in society and its future. The research foci of the Department of Design are collaborative and human-centred design, design for sustainability and research through design practice. In addition, design management and cultural and historical studies of design are researched at the department. The research profile combines basic research with research applied within and for industrial, public and cultural sectors. To join our research activities you can apply to Aalto ARTS doctoral programme.