Innovation in Healthcare – 2021

Innovation in Healthcare – 2021


A 5-Day Co-design workshop experience working with real life healthcare challenge(s). Each participant will join international teams via the CIRRUS network. The challenge(s) are provided by partners at Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Västra Götaland Region, Gothenburg, Sweden. 

The project, as a whole, aims to improve the healthcare services and to co-design long-term strategic change with the partner hospitals and thus the national healthcare systems in the Nordic-Baltic region. The intensive is funded by Nordplus Higher Education programme and brings together Cirrus network students and faculty. 


The collaboration between the Embedded Design Master’s Program at HDK-Valand, Academy of Art and Design, University of Gothenburg with partner universities Design at University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland and Design at the Estonian Academy of the Arts, Tallinn, Estonia. 

Plus! There will be a guest facilitator(s)/practitioner(s) invited specifically to share their experience with these types of challenges and beyond the university setting/educational modes of working. 


HDK-Valand, Academy of Art and Design, University of Gothenburg, Contact person: Samantha Hookway,


Wednesday 8 September – Tuesday 14 September (with normal weekend break). Expect 5 full day schedules ca. 9 – 17.00 CET. 


Online using web platforms such as Zoom, Miro and etc. 


Fill in this online form ( 09 June 2021– midnight. 

With the support of Cirrus – Nordic-BalticNetwork of Art and Design Education – funded through the Nordic Council of Ministers´ Nordplus programme.

Open to beginners and seasoned design sprinters alike!

AHO: open posts

The Institute of Design, at The Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO), is growing and will expand the number of faculty extensively over the next few years. To meet the growing demand for designers in Norway, the Ministry of Education and Research granted AHO funding for 30 new student places in design in 2020. The size of the 5-year integrated Master programme in design will double, going from 30 to 60 students per year. This means that the Institute of Design is going through a unique and exciting transition – developing new curriculum, new research, and hiring new staff.

Institute of Design calls for 6 new positions:

  • Associate professor / Assistant professor in Interaction Design, (100% permanent position)
  • Associate professor / Assistant professor in Communication, Creativity and Interaction Design (100% permanent position)
  • 50% and 100% positions as Assistant Professor in Interaction Design (fixed term positions)
  • Associate Professor in Service Design, (100% permanent position)
  • Universitetslektor – Visuelle medier, kommunikasjon og tegning (fixed term positions and Scandinavian Language required).

I’m writing you to find out if it possible to advertise these positions at your webpage?

Kindly find the link to the above mentioned advertisement for positions here:

Lahti Green Design Week

The European Green Capital City of Lahti the Lahti Green Design Week event is being held. As a part of that all Cirrus friends are invited to join in on the Design Venture Day on May 4th!

You can find the whole week’s programme and info at
More info also available at and on Instragram

Design Venture Day May 4th, 2021
LAB University of Applied Sciences showcases benefits of design in business in a variety of industries. Special themes are innovation, circular economy and responsibility. The programme is free of charge. (All times EET.) No registration is needed to seminar/programme.

Log in:

  1. Programme (9.00 – 12.20)
    9.00 Avaus / Opening
    Veli-Pekka Räty, TKI-asiantuntija, TaT
    Marko Hanhisuanto, Toimitusjohtaja, KTM
    9.10 Kestävä ja vastuullinen vaatesuunnittelu, Annariina Ruokamo (in finnish/suomeksi)

9.50 Design and designer : Towards new industrial and marketing paradigms, Christian Guellerin (in English)
Christian Guellerin, Executive Director, L’Ecole de design Nantes Atlantique, France
“The new industrial and commercial balance of the world, the green and sustainable economy, the management of a new social intelligence around networks are the principal stakes on which “globalisation of the economy and trade” will be dictated.
Designers will be the major actors to study and respond to the profound changes in which products and services will be conceived, sold and consumed. It seems likely that they will play a strategic role in the companies that need to develop. Many of them will have to adapt, mutate, and change their line of business if they wish to continue to live through the evolution and the industrial reorganisation. The socio-economic importance of the approach to creation and innovation in the global context follows the era of total quality: it is no longer a matter of “doing even better what we already know how to do” but doing by creating “the unknown from the known” in order to create new situations on a greater and sustainable level. This is probably how we should reconsider the industrial paradigms of western economies faced with globalisation. It is up to GM, Ford, and Renault to reflect logically and strategically on what they could produce as long as it is not cars. Who would have thought 10 years ago that Apple would be the market leader in music broadcasting apart from its designers perhaps?”
10.30–10.40 Tauko / Pause
10.40 Palvelumuotoilulla ympäristövastuullisuutta yritysten kuluttajaratkaisuihin, Mirja Kälviäinen (in Finnish/suomeksi)

11.20 Innovation VIA Design, Alok b. Nandi (in English)
Alok b. Nandi, creative director, Architempo + Spread Design
“From contextual exploration to scenario envisioning, how can Design help frame approaches and decisions, with an entrepreneurial mindset? The VIA Framework will connect Design Thinking with Innovation Tooling for today’s shifting moments, aiming to align desirable, viable and feasible.”

12.00 Miten muotoilu löytää tiensä yrityksen tuotteisiin ja palveluihin, Marko Hanhisuanto (in finnish/suomeksi)
12.20 Closing

  1. Innovation VIA Design Workshop (14.30-17.30) – Registration to workshop is needed, see below
    “How to focus on operations while implementing innovations in order to sustain activities?”
    The context is changing, characterised by complexity, ambiguity, contradiction. Systems are under stress. Collective vs individual behaviours are challenging the position and development of activities for companies as well institutions. We invite you to explore the Next and the Near, shaping propositions for bettering our place, our planet. Stretch imagination and sketch ideas. Collect stories and connect strategies.

More information:
Info and registration to the workshop:

For additional information please contact:

Ulla Saarela
TKI-asiantuntija| RDI Specialist|Projektipäällikkö|Project Manager
LAB-ammattikorkeakoulu | LAB University of Applied Sciences
Muotoiluinstituutti | Institute of Design and Fine Arts
Mukkulankatu 19, 15101 Lahti, Finland
+358 44 708 0359

CIRRUS Talk 4: The SWITCH: Adapting design education to the virtual classroom

WHEN: Apr 16, 2021
09:00 AM Amsterdam, Berlin, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna / CET
10: 00 EET / 7: 00 Iceland
SIGN UP HERE (link will be sent to everyone who has signed up)

The SWITCH: Adapting design education to the virtual classroom 

In the past one year, we as teachers have been faced with many similar and unique challenges to adjust, modify or reorganise our conventional ways of working in the design education. While most of us tried to maintain the content and structure our courses, many new tools and platforms had to be learnt, which required reforming our own working styles for a careful and smooth transition of the courses needed to adapt rather rapidly, into this new online format. Several new features and online experiences were also discovered to communicate with the students, resulting us to be engaged with extended working hours and higher screen time. Not only that, many of the tried and tested methods, material and medium oriented tasks had to be replaced with new ones in order to prepare, operate and evaluate the outcomes aligned with the overall course objectives. This shift has definitely provided us with directions and insights to reflect on our own pedagogical approaches and their impact, while addressing several unanticipated issues to redefine, differentiate or demarcate the boundaries essential for physical, hybrid and virtual classrooms that would be useful to implement in future.

Jasjit Singh and Charlotte Sjödell from Lund University will host this upcoming Cirrus seminar. They will share some case studies from the past year and reflections on how it has worked to teach both project based courses as well as skill based courses in sketching and form development. After their presentation the participants will be able to share their hands-on experiences in regards of:

  • course content and structure 
  • tools, techniques and format
  • pedagogical strategies
  • results, outcomes and feedback
  • student/teacher psycho-social health
  • what worked: reflections and experiences
  • what may be useful to consider in future
Jasjit Singh and Charlotte Sjödell

Open lecture: Marie Absolonova (CAMPER). March 31, 11-12 AM/EET

Open lecture: Marie Absolonova’s designer journey, working for footwear company Camper. Lecture takes place on 31st of March 2021, at 11-12 AM (EET), followed with Q/A.

Marie Absolonova is a footwear designer from Czech republic.
She has entered the world of footwear fifteen years ago at high school, where she studied design and shoemaking. Since then, she has developed unique and recognizable design style that is deeply rooted in traditional classic shoes but always looks contemporary. She tends to make understated but strong statement shoes that tell a personal story.

Marie’s career has been mainly defined by working for spanish footwear brand Camper from Mallorca, where she lived for 6 years with her family. Currently, she lives in Prague, works freelance and focuses on Camper Kids and other personal and comissioned projects.

Register here to receive a ZOOM link for participation. Additional information:

Marie Absolonova

ERKI Fashion Show extended deadline

Due to the movement restrictions resulting from the Covid-19 crisis, the deadline for submitting designs for ERKI Moeshow 2021 has changed.

Submissions are expected on April 15th, at 6 PM (UTC/GMT+2/EET).

Contestants of ERKI Fashion Show 2021 will be announced no later than April 20, 2021.

The rules of the competition can be found HERE

ERKI Fashion Show 2021 will take place on August 28, 2021.

Karin Kiigemägi
ERKI Moeshow Program Director
Faculty of Design

ERKI Moeshow web
ERKI Moeshow on Facebook

CIRRUS concert by Puuluup

March 17, 18.00 –19.00 CET / 19.00 – 20.00 EET

Puuluup is an Estonian nu-folk duo established in 2014. Members are Ramo Teder (Pastacas as a solo artist) and Marko Veisson.

The instruments they use are loopers and hiiu kannel (talharpa). Talharpa is an ancient viking violin that went almost extinct, was preserved by people on remote Estonian islands, and is now doing a strong comeback in Estonia, Finland, Sweden, etc. The band members call their music “neozombieposfolk” – playing on resurrected instruments with the help of new technology.

The band has won several Estonian music awards.

Their online concert is specially recorded for CIRRUS Tallinn 2021.


Artistic vs Design Research

Chaired by:
Ruth-Helene Melioranski, EKA
Oliver Laas, EKA

March 18, 9.30 – 10.30 CET

The workshop address questions about the present and future of both artistic as well as design research from the perspective of shared practices, future prospects and the impact of technical developments, such as automation, on the creative professions.

Ruth-Helene Melioranski is a design researcher in the Estonian Academy of Arts, Estonia. She has a background in design practices and many of her projects explore how design can tackle societal challenges. Through these practice-based research projects she is conceptualising new and emerging design practises both in professional and higher educational contexts. In her professional practice, she is leading several strategic, service and co-design projects which aim to help partners to vision their future possibilities and build scenarios.

Oliver Laas is a philosopher, cultural theorist and artist whose research focuses on metaphysics, logic, philosophy of technology and semiotics. He works in EKA Faculty of Fine Arts as an Associate Professor and Junior Researcher.

Ruth-Helene Melioranski
Oliver Laas

<< Back to program

New cooperations and joint projects

Chaired by:
Maarja Mõtus, EKA
Nesli Hazal Akbulut, EKA

March 17, 15:00–16:00 CET

Which new and exciting joint projects, unexpected cooperation initiatives have you carried out recently?  Which ones would you love to participate in in the future? Using a speed-dating format, we will play with the ideas of possible collaborations. The sweet part – participants will not be obliged for any commitments, so you can dream freely about what kind of collaboration you aspire for. Both, teachers and non-academic professionals are welcome in this playful workshop to explore alternative creative collaboration opportunities within the CIRRUS network.

Maarja Mõtus is an Associate Professor at the Estonian Academy of Arts and a service designer at the Estonian Government Innovation Team. Her design practice focuses on designing human-centred healthcare service-systems. Maarja has consulted Estonian Health Insurance Fund, the Ministry of Social Affairs and several other public and private organisations.

Nesli Hazal Akbulut is a designer-researcher and educator focusing on the impacts and interactions of emerging technologies. She holds an MA in Interaction Design from the Estonian Academy of Arts in Tallinn and a Communications BA from the Galatasaray University in Istanbul. She works as a visiting lecturer and a curriculum developer of the Interaction Design MA at the Estonian Academy of Arts. As an educator, she has led several industry collaborations shaped around interaction design and speculative design. 

Nesli is also a PhD student at EKA. Her research explores idesigning with, for and through the sensorial richness of interaction design, and how it might tackle the impossibility of empathy in computer-mediated communications.

Maarja Mõtus
Nesli Hazal Akbulut

<< Back to program

Future of Design Education

Chaired by:
Garðar Eyjólfsson, Iceland University of the Arts

March 18, 10.45 – 11.45 CET

The rhetoric of change seems to be all around us and similarly there seems to be a pressing need for education to respond and prepare students for a very altered future. The design institutions themselves are striving to adapt and respond to these changes often dealing with internal conflict within the fields. How can we adapt and mitigate these conflicts? – between the traditional modes of design (fields and tradition) and the removal(?) of barriers between fields (cross-disciplinary), theory, practice and skills (technology). We will attempt to map out relevant topics (such as climate change, (new) ecologies, emergent technologies and the dynamic relationship between the applied and the speculative) and discuss ways to implement and synthesize new and/or alternative ways of structuring design studies for the futures to come. 

Garðar Eyjólfsson holds an B.A (Honours) degree in Product Design from Central Saint Martins, London and a M.A (Cum Laude) Contextual Design from Design Academy Eindhoven. He mixes contextual, critical and narrative research in his work as a means to explore & translate zeitgeist topics. Utilizing a variety of mediums to manifest his voice, ranging from; artefacts, scenography, curation, fiction, video, performance, dialog and writing. 

Garðar is heavily involved in academia. He was the program director of BA Product Design at the Iceland University of the Arts (2012-2017) and program director of MA Design Explorations & Translations program (2017-2020) at the same institution. In addition, Garðar also lectures and conducts workshops in various universities across the globe. Balancing academia with studio practices his work ranges from developing his own projects, curating exhibitions, advising in the public and private sector, project managing and conducting workshops. Garðar also writes in various publications and gives public talks across platforms, often in the form of lectures and dialog in conferences, symposium, and radio.

Garðar Eyjólfsson

<< Back to program