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My research and teaching focus on core concepts, methods and ideas in design, critically engaging with the historicity of design in contemporary and emerging collaborative design practices. I currently work as associate professor in design history and design theory at the Umeå Institute of Design (UID), Umeå University, Sweden, and as Senior Resident Researcher at the Department of Design, Politecnico di Milano, Italy. 


I hold a PhD in industrial design, and have an educational background in the history of science and ideas, as well as studies in semiotics and aesthetics at the University of Bologna. Between 2008 and 2018, I was part of the leadership group at the Umeå Institute of Design, holding the roles of Head of Department and Vice Rector 2012-2018.

 
 
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Transitional design histories do not provide explanations of what design is or has been. Shifting the outlook of design history from product to process – from things to thinking – the ambition is to make histories that speak to matters of concern in contemporary design, and to activate an awareness of design's historicity in designing.

Transitional design histories are histories for design, rather than of design. These aim to make conceptual moves that support developing design practices capable of engaging with a complex ‘now’ and with uncertain futures.

 

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