Student work & Features

Exploring the resistance of Arab women in an ISIS dominated area from their private spaces

By:Hayfaa Chalabi

Your exotic, your victim, your terrorist is a mixed media project that aims to challenge the western stigma of Arab women in areas of conflict. The illustrations explore the resistance of Arab women in an ISIS dominated area from their private spaces. The project uses the same characteristics that fall under the stereotypical representations of Arab women in the British and American news sources to challenge the stigma of classifying these women as; the terrorist, the exotic, and/or the victim.

‘ageing’ is broke down into ‘age’ and ‘-ing’ to show that we are ageing in every second

By:Xinyue Shao

The project works for the well-being of the elderly and proposes the ‘curious toolbox’ as a mean to empower the users to work as co-designers and encourage them to put in their emergent objectives and needs for the issue of ageing.

Every child’s right to hold and express their views

By:Erica Axman

This project contributes to a discussion around the work of article 12 in the UN convention; Every child’s right to hold and express their views. In order to gain information about how children themselves perceive their roles as decision-makers in a home environment, I choose to conduct a workshop with a class in Rottne-Söraby School. It supports a complex activity and a thoughtful discussion in how to change for a world fit for children.

Collecting and displaying handwritten notes

By:Elsa Karlsson

Handwriting as a practice does have a lot of benefits—it independently trains our muscle memory, supports the creative identities we have as humans, strengthens our abilities to concentrate and works with developing especially children’s fine motor skills.

The design programs

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BFA in Design + Change

The programme combines design creativity with knowledge of sustainability for a profession at the cutting edge of design. The most important challenge today and in the future concerns sustainability – to create a world that is good for both people and the environment, locally and globally.

During your three years on this design degree, you will work closely with our teaching team to develop your own design specialism. It is up to you whether you make a difference through designing physical objects, processes, experiences or systems. The programme is delivered through a series of projects, and you will work independently as well as engage in group work, and in collaborations with the local and regional community and enterprises.

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BFA in Visual Communication + Change

The programme combines creative practices, visual art, and graphic design with knowledge of sustainability to prepare you for a profession as a visual communicator with a diverse set of graphic and conceptual tools. This degree programme gives you an introduction to today’s major global concerns, as well as visual and digital tools to help bring order to a sometimes overwhelming flow of information, and to truly affect people.

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MFA in Design + Change

Students on the Design + Change Master’s Programme can choose to extend their existing knowledge in a specific design field or explore new ones. The programme focusses on artistic and experimental processes and creative research, and students will develop their capacity for critical reflection in making well rounded and futures oriented design proposals. Particular attention is paid to contemporary and emerging design disciplines such as critical and speculative design, social design, metadesign and design activism. Furthermore, students are introduced to and practice relevant methods for questioning the current state of things, opening up to ways of thinking and shaping futures creatively and differently.

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MA in Innovation through Business, Engineering and Design – Specialisation Design

The two-year master’s programme in ‘Innovation through Business, Engineering and Design’ provides students with an understanding of how multidisciplinary knowledge supported by theoretical insight and emerging technologies can bridge with the social needs and values of our societies to provide the best possible local and global futures.

Why change?

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Doesn’t design already imply change? Yes, through design we give form to new products (and books, campaigns, services, systems and much more). Through these we also shape and change behaviours, attitudes and even worldviews.

Today it is both formally and globally recognised that both ecological and social systems are in a critical state. We also know that human activities – and not least design, and its associated overconsumption – drive unsustainability. With + Change we want to emphasise the very potential of design to affect change and to extend it. + Change comprises different perspectives on change, such as adaptation, evolution and revolution. For us + Change very much includes examining, challenging and changing the norms that shape the everyday life of individuals as well as society at large. To affect change through design can be about initiatives directed at products, systems or worldviews. We can choose to use design to affect change locally, regionally or globally, and with a focus on ecology, economy, human health and equality, or all of them simultaneously. Altogether + Change is about purposefully using design, and its inherent creativity, in order to achieve changes towards futures of sustainability.

+ Change is not only about what we study and why – it is also about how we do it. + Change pedagogy brings design, artistic expression and theory together. We believe we need students and staff groups to genuinely and in an interdisciplinary manner engage with the complexity of sustainability. Therefore, we have chosen to have an international intake on all our programmes and to deliver them in English. Together we make a + Change culture – dynamic, vibrant, creative and critical.

+ Change database

This is our digital platform where you will find selected Works, News and Features coming from the Linnaeus University’s Design Department. It is a tool for us as students, educators and researchers to share, connect and re-connect ideas for + Change. We continuously work to make our + Change knowledge and practices available and searchable.

You can filter the database by general terms like: Course documentations, Final examinations and Year 2018; also by more specific conditions like: Video, Social media or Exhibitions.