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Åsa Wikberg-Nilsson Photo: Åsa Stubbfält
Åsa Wikberg-Nilsson, Associate Professor of Industrial Design at Luleå University of Technology. Photo: Åsa Stubbfält View original picture , opens in new tab/window

Design researchers elected to The Design Society

Published: 27 November 2019

Åsa Wikberg Nilsson, Associate Professor of Industrial Design at Luleå University of Technology, has been elected to The Design Society, an international network which promote design research around the world.

The Design Society has a number of special interest groups that work with different areas of design research. Åsa Wikberg-Nilsson has been chosen in the name of Human behavior in design. The purpose of the group is to promote knowledge of human behavior, both when man designs himself and when man uses things that are designed.

What does this mean for you and for Luleå University of Technology?
– It is very desirable to be able to join such a group. This allows Luleå University of Technology to influence design research and hopefully be visible on the design research map. We have a great breadth in our design research, but we can be even stronger. The more international contexts we can be involved in, the better.

In what direction do you want to influence design research?
– I think there is a need for a better understanding of how people experience interacting with design, as a basis for all designers. It is not enough to sit in front of a computer and draw something, but you have to come out and interact with people. And so I want to see a greater diversity. Design research needs a greater dissemination of researchers with different experiences, experiences and knowledge.

What is your research about?
– It is very much about the social aspects of design and different people's experiences of design. It relates to norm criticism, norm creativity, inclusive design and co-design.