Student work & Features

Hurry up before we collapse deals with the hidden power structures behind our consumption and the inevitable collapse towards which it is leading us. In the exhibition, the design students take on the role of human furniture as a way to interact with the visitor and encourage personal reflection concerning the role as consumer. An exhibition that drew attention and was awarded a Form Award 2019 in the category Sustainability Project of the Year.


“What is the meaning of Airbnb in Växjö?”

By:Yunquan Liu

In my thesis project, I have tried to analyze how Airbnb reflects the social environment in big cities. My research aim is to let more and more tourists and local residents enhance the awareness that Airbnb need to be used in a right/better way through criticizing impact on social environment reflected by Airbnb.

The burden of being a society

By:Allis Ohlsson

Through my illustrations I wanted to bring awareness to our unstable ways of building societies, awaken thought about other options of societal structure and make people question whether a collapse needs to be a part of our culture.

A practice-based design research on how we can increase children’s data literacy

By:Petra Jääskeläinen

The ability to understand data and information are becoming increasingly important in the digitalized world. This design project was a practice-based design research about how we could increase children’s data literacy.

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.