Student work & Features

Re graduation poster

Department of design proudly presents

Re is a critical response, a process, and a mindset about making again, a repetition, a repositioning, a regeneration. Re acts as a link for theoretical and topical frameworks within each of our works and repositioning of design as a response to current practices and perspectives. Re is a way to show the reworking of things, ideas and concepts, showing that our work is accumulative, building, transforming, reiterating and reappropriating what has been; our cycles of thought, behaviour, and practice.

By:Natalie Waller

An exploration of the idea that tangible change can be made in the world when norms are unsettled rather than reinforced or left untouched. Bloom focuses on creating a space for the individual to re-define the outdated, toxic view of masculinity to explore what men can be. This is tied into questioning what food can be — now and in the future.

Subjugation Domination Assimilation – Colonial Legacies and The Propagation of Imperial Indoctrination in The Philippines

Artefacts represents everyday affairs, they are significant yet they have become unconscious habits

By:Lauren Solomon

This project was conducted through a three-week fieldwork in the Philippines, through collaborations with organisations and education institutions. In these fieldwork I collected artifacts representing colonial legacies.

Carl Larsson’s Nothing to do with us?

Student work:Nothing to do with us?

By:Carl Larsson

A project that takes the form of an illustrated story told from the perspective of a young adult middle-class Swede who feels uncertainty in the face of larger issues in the world. Where do all our stuff come from? Is he buying unethical products? Is he actively making a situation worse elsewhere through his choices?

The design programs

BFA in Design + Change

BFA in Visual Communication + Change

MFA in Design + Change

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

Why change?

Collecting knowledge

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.