Student work & Features

The small or hidden, unrevealed and forgotten

By:Mathilda Dahlquist

The small or hidden, unrevealed and forgotten have been the priority in this project about how to make a climate issue more relatable to us individually. The acidification of the ocean is one, maybe less known, ecological issue and as for many of the different changes in climate it can be hard to relate to and understand what this really means.

By:Laura Fähndrich

A project exploring co-being and interdependencies with the more-than-human, the microbes. It does this through the medium of fermentation and the (human and non-human) communities embodied in its practices.

I felt the responsibility of giving the right name for my ‘adorable’

Student work:Shades of names

By:Leen Alsibai

This project started with a conversation about my recent concerns as a human being in 2019 embedded within the overlapping realities of climate change, international conflicts between nationalists and immigrants, and my own inquiries into the sense of belonging. I approach this work from a post-humanist and ecofeminist perspective, heavily influenced by the writings of Donna Haraway.

Artificial lighting is used to compensate for the lack of daylight

By:Armelle Grubb

This project is an exploration of how artificial lights are used to create atmospheres in a space, and how they enhance a student’s well-being. The focus is placed on students in Sweden, specifically those in one-room apartments.

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.

Read more @ lnu.se/en/programme/design-change-master-programme/vaxjo-international-autumn/

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.

Read more @ lnu.se/en/programme/innovation-through-business-engineering-and-design-specialisation-design-master-programme/

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?

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.