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The Home of Interdisciplinary Design

Focused on providing research, education, and community interaction to advance best practices in human-centered design and to address complex problems facing society.


We offer education in human-centered design, including an undergraduate Design Minor and the Design Graduate Specialization).


Our research focuses on building a substantive body of theory and evidence-based insights to establish a scientific basis for design.


The Design Lab provides opportunities for new Design Practitioners, Faculty, Research Staff, PhD Students, and Undergraduate Students to collaborate.

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The Basement

Start-up incubators, design and innovation programs, leadership opportunities, and entrepreneurial workshops.

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Support students in making in every form, from research to artwork, personal projects to entrepreneurship.

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Entrepreneurship Center

Accelerating the development of entrepreneurial talent and impact-driven companies.

Frontier Design Prize Announces Winners at World Design Cities Conference

Shanghai, September 15, 2022 | The Frontier Design Prize announced the winners of its inaugural edition during the opening ceremony of the World Design Cities Conference (WDCC).  Mr. QU Xing, Deputy Director-General of UNESCO, Mr. GONG Zheng, Mayor of Shanghai, Ms. XU Xiaolan, Vice Minister of Industry and Information Technology (China), along with leading designers, scholars and industry leaders, attended the award ceremony. The Frontier Design Prize (FDP) is a visionary, innovative, world-class design award established with the aims of encouraging design innovation, enhancing the impact of design in driving industrial transformation, and promoting the role of design in shaping a better world. A central program of WDCC, it is undertaken by Design Innovation Institute Shanghai (DIIS) with guidance from the Shanghai Municipal Government. 
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