Proceedings of DRS 2018

Design as a catalyst for change was the theme for the Design Research Society conference 2018, which was held in Limerick Ireland 25-28 June. One of the many contributions was our paper Re-framing Product Circularity from a User Perspective. It introduces the concept of Use to Use and discusses implications and opportunities for design. The…
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A new Sustainability Guide for Designers

The Swedish Industrial Design Foundation has lunched a new Sustainability Guide! It has been developed in the research project EcoDesign Circle and provides information and support for designers to accelerate their sustainability work. Taking a Use to Use perspective on circularity is highlighted as one important method for prolonging product lifetimes. Check it out!

We are looking for new collaborations

Want to team up and explore what opportunities a Use2Use-perspective may entail for you? Great, we are currently planning new research activities and thus looking for new partners. Give us a shout if you want to discuss opportunities for collaboration!

Paper accepted to the DRS conference 2018

Our latest paper, which introduces the Use2Use perspective, has been accepted for publication at the Design Research Society conference 2018. Join us at the conference to discuss what implications and opportunities Use2Use entails for design.

Design for Exchange Master theses

The Use2Use-perspective highlights several new design strategies that can be considered when exploring opportunities for new circular offers. Design for Exchange is one such strategy that can be used to develop services and products that enable and facilitate circular consumption. The potential of this specific strategy will be explored through two master thesis projects during…
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Let’s reconsider shoes’ end-of-life

How can system and product redesign facilitate a prolonged life and proper material recycling for the Swedish footwear company Icebug? This was explored by Mariell Bjuhr and Lovisa Wargsjö in their Master’s thesis in Industrial Design Engineering. In the thesis, they take a user perspective and focus on the full customer journey when presenting concepts…
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Design Guidelines for Shared Cars

Can cars be designed for sharing? Fina Kuikka and Louisa Swenne have explored how to facilitate car sharing and developed design guidelines for CEVTs  new car sharing concept Lynk & Co. They present their findings and guidelines in their Master’s thesis: Design Guidelines for Shared Cars – Development of design guidelines for Human Machine Interfaces…
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Creative workshops at Transformator Design

This year we have tested new approaches for applying the Use2Use-perspective. We teamed up with the services design firm Transformator Design to run joint workshops with representatives from Electrolux, Åhlens, Fjällräven, and Granit. The result? new creative solutions and a changed mindset among the participants.

Workshops at Hultafors Group

We have developed a first version of our tool to support industry in exploring circular opportunities. Together with Hultafors Group, we have tested the tool during two workshops. Facilitated by the team from Chalmers, representatives from Hultafors Group developed ideas for new services and product features with potential to support circular consumption patterns. One key…
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Funding granted!

We have received funding from the Kamprad Family Foundation for exploring product life cycles from a user perspective! The project will be carried out by a research team at Chalmers in collaboration with the service design firm Transformator Design and Hultafors group who develop products for the professional craftsperson. The focus will be on exploring…
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