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Our research focuses on building a substantive body of theory and evidence-based insights to establish a scientific basis for design. We strive to distill best practices in design, across a range of domains from health and autonomous vehicles, to online education and civic engagement. See our publications page for more information.

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Activity Centered Visualization

Questions the presupposition that information is fundamentally passive data disconnected from processes, tasks, context, and personal histories.

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design lab design driven transformation don norman

Dedicated to studying and teaching this emerging field of practice, in order to help other companies achieve these results.

design lab future of design newschool of architecture

New challenges, cultural values, and technologies are changing design — and vice versa. Pervasive networked devices have freed design from the confines of the lab: design increasingly roams at large.

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Interested in communication and trust with regard to people interacting with autonomous systems.

design lab health care health design center for health design eliah spencer

Foster human-technology teamwork in healthcare by taking a people-centered approach to health’s greatest challenges.

design lab social computing

Technology has not only massively transformed how we share information, but how we collaborate to solve complex problems.


Work towards just transitions by integrating analyses of labor, ecology, and social systems, including racial capitalism and settler colonialisms.

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