Student work & Features

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.

By:Karla Flores

The fracture of humanity, the planet and all living beings is the greatest catastrophe we are experiencing in these times and is a predominant factor in the accelerated destruction of our planet. This fracture is justified by human supremacy and is fed by modern Western official ontology that firstly distinguishes nature from culture, secondly, attributes culture exclusively to humans, and lastly says that nature is one and culture is multiple, multiculturalism, this western ontology that has justified and is still justifying human and non-human right violations. On the other hand, there is indigenous ontology that for them there is not human supremacy that subordinates, nor dominates, in contrast there are multiple natures, and multiple worlds living all together, multinaturalism. Thus, human being is not the only subject in the universe (Viveiros de Castro, 2014).

Freja Bager Helvetktur

Helvektur, a hybrid made font, investigated through subtle guerrilla art

By:Freja Bager

Typography has a textual and visual power that carries meaning and influences us. Our subconscious is continuously affected by our surrounding environment, reviewing typography and forming perceptions, making typographic communication a big part of our everyday lives. Not only from a standpoint of beauty, but to serve as a provider of information, where its visual appearance effects how it is and should be read.

By:Leah Ireland

This project will give frame to the beginnings of living-with this overarching question and is one expression of what will be an ongoing process of coming-to-know this place.

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.

Sharing is Caring

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; also by more specific conditions like: Video, Social media or Exhibitions.