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Micro-mobility for urban futures

This summer we, two students from Umeå Institute of Design, started a project for the strategic design group at Ericsson research. The assignment was to to develop a concept for distributed micro-logistics of small and medium sized deliveries. The focus was on community driven, sustainable means of transportation. Together with a small team of engineering students from KTH (Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan) [ Read more ]

Co-creating the city — City-scale mixed reality tested in Johannesburg

We just returned from Johannesburg, South Africa, where we tested an early prototype of a mixed reality platform that we are working on. The experiment in Johannesburg was part of a collaboration with UN-Habitat, Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) and Wits University where we are jointly exploring digital innovation in community-driven urban design.

UN Habitat, who we have been [ Read more ]

Inclusiveness through Mixed Reality

We would like to welcome guest writers to our blog. During the spring, we have had a group of four Industrial Design Engineering students from Chalmers University of Technology doing a project for us as a part of their master program. We asked them to conceptualise applications of mixed reality including haptics for use in urban settings on a city-scale. And of course, they did [ Read more ]

Exploring the world (out of office)

Part of the work as a user experience researcher (or a designer) is of course to get out of the office and explore the world. It is not enough to only read about things and listening to the experiences of others. Journeys into people’s everyday lives will surely give a more holistic view of practices and increase the understanding for potential users of products [ Read more ]

New Cities Summit: A holistic view on city growth and progress for all

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The first annual New Cities Summit took place in Paris in May this year, and drew city leaders, researchers, and various thinkers from all around the world. During three days, we discussed the diverse challenges that are arising from the rapid urbanization, how cities can find sustainable solutions to these challenges, and how the citizens’ quality of life can be increased in the [ Read more ]