Umeå Design Research Group, the research department at Umeå
Institute of Design, carries out studio-based design research in
close collaboration with a number of leading industry partners.
Umeå Design Research Group, with a core competence in industrial
design, is yet an inherently multidisciplinary group unusual in the
Our work is studio-based, human-centred, multi-disciplinary, and
collaborative. In a Scandinavian design tradition, we aim to meet
client challenges as well as end-user needs. With currently eleven
full-time employees, Umeå Design Research Group is financed by
external funds directly from Swedish industry, including ABB, Volvo
Trucks, Umeå kommun (Umeå municipality), Ericsson, Autoliv, Telia,
and Electrolux. Our clients and collaborators tend to come back,
which we feel is a sign of success in our cooperation.
For more information, please see our Design Research page.
If your company or institution is interested to collaborate with
us on a research level, please contact our Research Director.