Open post in Umeå Institute of Design

Universitetslektor på konstnärlig grund i industridesign – tillika prefekt för DesignhögskolanVill du leda en av Sveriges mest internationella och innovativa akademiska institutioner?
Söker du en framåtsträvande och öppen miljö där du kan utveckla din egen forskning inom designområdet?
Som universitetslektor och prefekt på Designhögskolan vid Umeå Universitet får du möjlighet att både undervisa och forska, samt vidareutveckla ett unikt lärosäte i skärningspunkten mellan det lokala och det globala med ett tydligt skandinavisk arv. Sedan starten 1989, har Designhögskolan byggt sitt rykte genom fokus på öppenhet, nyfikenhet och samarbete med målet att bidra till en positiv, hållbar utveckling av det globala samhället. Som en del av Konstnärligt Campus (KC), beläget vid Ume älvs strandpromenad i centrala Umeå, har Designhögskolans framtida ledning stora möjligheter att skapa nya, starka synergier med sina systerinstitutioner, Arkitekthögskolan och Konsthögskolan. Ta chansen och bli en del av en av Sveriges mest kreativa utbildningsmiljöer! Sista ansökningsdag är 1 februari 2021, läs mer och ansök genom att följa länken nedan:

Linda Bresäter
Ställföreträdande prefekt / Deputy head of department
Designhögskolan / Umeå Institute of Design
Umeå universitet / Umeå University
SE-901 87 Umeå, Sweden
+46 (0)90-786 88 19 / +46 (0)720-85 27 90

Call for CIRRUS/Nordplus projects 2021

Intensive Student workshop in summer

CALL for project applications to Nordplus Higher Education Programme through CIRRUS network
DEADLINE: January 25, 2021, to be sent to
(Nordplus deadline is Feb 1, 2021).

We kindly ask your project descriptions along with the budget file in order to insert it in the application system of Nordplus. Please use Nordplus Handbook (pages 26 – 34) or turn to CIRRUS coordinator or your international coordinator at home to find out more.

The type of projects that we are waiting for are:
1. INTENSIVE COURSES (please use the forms below)
Download application form 
Download budget form 
2. JOINT STUDY PROGRAMMES (please use the forms below)
Download application form 
Download budget form 
3. DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS (please use the forms below)
Download application form 
Download budget form 

MORE IN DETAIL (copied from NP handbook):

Intensive courses
Nordplus Higher Education awards grants for intensive courses lasting between one week (five working days) and one month. Courses may take place during term time or in the summer by way of short courses, symposiums, master classes or workshops. Intensive courses must include students and academic staff from at least three different countries. The courses must yield ECTS points and must be recognised as part of the students’ degree. The number of ECTS points should be stated in the application.
PhD students may act as teachers on intensive courses. They are not eligible for a grant if they are students in the programme. The same intensive course can be granted Nordplus funding for three consecutive years but annual applications must be submitted. It is recommended that the hosting institution is rotated.

Examples of past CIRRUS intensive courses: 
Urban Gaming
Nature Design and Innovation. Imprint
Traditions and Innovation

Joint study programmes
Nordplus Higher Education awards grants for development of joint study
Nordplus joint study programmes are defined as follows:
– Programmes are full-degree study programmes established according
to national legislation.
– Programmes lead to a degree recognised by national authorities.
– Degree certificates with a Diploma Supplement are issued according to
national legislation.
– Mobility is integrated into the programme setup.
– Programmes are developed jointly, and all courses and study units
should be approved by all participating parties.
– The collaborative venture is governed by a signed agreement defining
its aims as well as the roles of the participating parties.
The same joint study programme can be granted Nordplus funding for three consecutive years but annual applications must be submitted. Joint study programmes are complex processes. HEIs can combine Nordplus and Nordic Master grants in various ways. More information on Nordic Master is available on The website consists
also of many useful handbooks and guides on joint programmes.

Development projects
Nordplus Higher Education offers grants for innovative development projects within the field of Higher Education.
Apart from joint curriculum planning and joint
modules, projects may focus on issues such as:
– Collaboration with the labour market
– Quality assurance
– The dissemination and use of results achieved by networks and projects
– The development of collaborations with other institutions in the public
or private sectors as well as non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
within Higher Education
– The development of new teaching methods.
The same project can be granted Nordplus funding for three consecutive years but annual applications must be submitted.

CIRRUS TALK vol 2. Online Admission

The second 2 hour conversation:
hosted by Design School Kolding  
Lone Dalsgaard André, Vice Rector and Head of Cirrus Board

Wednesday, October 28, 2020, 14.00 CET (15 EET / 13 GMT)
Check your local time here.

Many of us transformed our admission process for 2020 to include digital functions or to be conducted completely online.

During this Cirrus talk we will share our experiences with this new format and discuss questions such as:

  • How can we secure the well-being of the applicants during the online application process?
  • How can we support the applicants to do experiments on their own but with help?
  • How can we help the applicants to be the best version of them selves and do their best? 
  • How far can we take online admission process?

Lone Dalsgaard André will share the experiences from Kolding and we will have group discussions and work on some tasks.

Please sign up here due October 23.
Seats: 20
The talk will take place on Zoom.
Link will be sent to those who registered on October 26.

Further information: Sandra Mell
CIRRUS network coordinator

EKA MA GRAPHIC DESIGN CONFABULATIONS #1: Cait McKinney, “Publishing as Queer Praxis: Lesbian Feminist Infrastructures” 30 September, 5:00pm EET

MA in Graphic Design at Estonian Academy of Arts invites:
GRAPHIC DESIGN CONFABULATIONS #1: Cait McKinney, “Publishing as Queer Praxis: Lesbian Feminist Infrastructures”30 September, 5:00pm EET (4:00pm CET / 10:00am EST / 7:00am PDT)

Cait McKinney, “Publishing as Queer Praxis: Lesbian Feminist Infrastructures”In this book talk drawn from Information Activism:  A Queer History of Lesbian Media Technologies (Duke, 2020), I outline how lesbian feminists in the U.S. and Canada approached publishing as an information practice key to establishing a foundation for their movements, and building more livable lives for lesbians. Focusing on newsletters, bibliographies and indexes, I show how activists created and circulating information as a world-making process when access to information was otherwise precarious. 
Cait McKinney is Assistant Professor of Communication at Simon Fraser University, the author of Information Activism: A Queer History of Lesbian Media Technologies (Duke, 2020), and coeditor of Inside Killjoy’s Kastle: Dykey Ghosts, Feminist Monsters, and other Lesbian Hauntings (UBC, 2019). McKinney is interested in how queer social movements use digital technologies to build alternative information infrastructures. Their current research is on activist responses to early online content regulations; the intertwined histories of AIDS Activism and digital technologies; and the ways sexuality has been used to explain data and databases since the mid 20th century.

ABOUT GRAPHIC DESIGN CONFABULATIONSA series of speakers taking an oblique look onto graphic design and its outlines in order to re-think, destabilize or decenter its normative structures and practices. By prioritising that which has taken place in the margins, ephemerally, despite oppression and in dissent, we will seek to widen the circumference of design practice. To see where else design has and can happen; how social and political movements have manifested in visual cultures; and ultimately to develop a sense of self-reflexivity toward our own privileges and positions.
Future lectures will include speakers Silas Munroe (14 Oct), and Ayasha Guerin (25 Nov), with more to be announced.
The lectures are free, open to the public, and closed caption supported.All lectures will be streamed live from
GRAPHIC DESIGN CONFABULATIONS is a new free online public lecture series presented by the MA in Graphic Design program at the Estonian Academy of Arts, curated by Rosen Eveleigh, and partly supported by the CIRRUS Nordic-Baltic Network of Art and Design Education and Nordplus

Open posts: Umeå University, Sweden

The Faculty of Science and Technology at Umeå University, Sweden, announces 5 tenure-track positions as Assistant professor. Two, or more, of these could be in the fields of design and architecture, respectively. At the Umeå Institute of Design, we would be very happy to see applications that align with our research interests and hope that this will be a nice opportunity to have new colleagues joining us. Application deadline is 19 October, 2020.

For more information and applications links for the position, please see the ad on the Faculty web pages:

And for more information about the research environment at the Umeå Institute of Design, please see our own home page:

Design for NEED + FashionSEEDS, Sept 17, 2020

Prof Piret Puppart, head of EKA Fashion Design. Photo: Mark Raidpere

The Fashion Department of EKA would like to invite you to participate in the conference Design for NEED + FashionSEEDS on
September 17th as part of Tallinn Design Festival.

The program will explore issues related to design education, in particular,how we can make teaching more relevant and meaningful in terms of sustainability. The conference will present the results of the FashionSEEDS project to the general public for the first time!
NB! – Pre-registration required! The event itself is free!

XV Tallinn Design Festival International Conference
Design for NEED + FashionSEEDS

/ N, 17.09. 2020  09:30-15:00 / @ Põhjala tehas

Design for need in times of climate crisis should focus on objects and services able to play a positive part in solving the issue; which would make our environment safer and more enjoyable to live in. Special attention should be given for example to highly functional objects and health-protecting, time-saving services. Yet, much of the current design is reduced to plain aesthetics or even glamour.  Indeed, beauty and form should be integral to a well-functioning product, however, and above all, design should be based on people’s and societal primary needs.   

In the first part of this conference, we will hear talks from award-winning Finnish designer Ville Kokkonen and renowned Italian industrial designer and journalist Ubaldo SpinaDavid Kusuma, the president of World Design Organization (WDO), will lead the day, introducing the newly launched Mars project with NASA. Estonia will be represented by the engineering chief at Transferwise, Aivar Lumberg, and the Head of Product Design at EKA, Maarja Mõtus, who will explain about the changes taking place in design education and how much the crisis has affected students.

+ FashionSEEDS 
“Design-Led Education for Sustainability” /
The second part of the conference will focus more thoroughly on design education. It seeks to find an answer to the question as to what type of designer is needed as Europe moves towards a climate-neutral circular economy? Practitioners, researchers and lecturers from UAL (University of the Arts London, UK), Polimi (Politécnico di Milano, Italy), DSKD (Designskolen Kolding, Denmark), and EKA (the Estonian Academy of Arts) have come together through an Erasmus+ project called the FashionSEEDS to rethink and improve the design education in the light of the challenges posed by climate change. A keynote speech from Pirjo Kääriäinen, from Aalto University on collaboration and interdisciplinarity will open the afternoon section, followed by a series of short talks on Fashion Design Education for Sustainability. A panel discussion with international academic and industry representatives, led by Piret Puppart concludes the insights of the day on how to make design education sustainable.  

The event is free of charge
Pre-register HERE!

Design for NEED

▪️ 9:15 __ [Coffee, tea]

▪️ 09:30 __ Introduction – Ilona Gurjanova
(President of the Estonian Association of Designers)

▪️ 09:35 __ Video Greeting – David Kusuma, PhD
(President-Elect of the World Design Organization (WDO), Vice President of Tupperware)

▪️ 09:50 __ “Design for Emergencies” – Ubaldo Spina
(Researcher, industrial designer and journalist, Business Development Manager at CETMA)

▪️ 10:10___”Mission-Driven Product Building – a Story of Solving a real Need” – Alvar Lumberg
(Engineering Lead at Transferwise)

▪️ 10:30 __ “Time x Mass Weight Density” – Ville Kokkonen
(Widely recognised Finnish industrial designer)

▪️ 10:50 __ “Are the Students Prepared to Design for Need” – Maarja Mõtus
(Head of Product Design Departement at the Estonian Academy of Arts)

▪️ 11:10 __ [Lunch break]

“Design-Led Education for Sustainability”

The event, organised by the Estonian Academy of Arts, presents the first results of the FashionSEEDS project to the industry, design professionals and educators.

FashionSEEDS – Fashion Societal, Economic & Environmental Design-led Sustainability – is a project conducted by world-leading institutions in Fashion Education spanning over the course of three years. It seeks to develop a Design-led Framework for Fashion Design Education in Sustainability able to impact transformational changes in the Fashion System in response to the fashion industry’s severe damage to our environment. What skills does a designer need in a new, challenging time for Europe to move towards a climate-friendly circular economy? Partners from UALPolimiDSKD and EKA will expand the topic to rethink and improve design education in the light of the challenges posed by climate change, social wellbeing, cultural engagement and new economic models. The event will deliver the findings of the Benchmarking Report and the Framework Document for Design-led Sustainability Education, as well as give initial insights to possible sustainability teaching materials as part of the emerging learning resource repository enabling educators to adapt and apply the framework to a range of Higher Education Institutions.

University of the Arts London
Politécnico di Milano
Designskolen Kolding
Eesti Kunstiakadeemia

Funded by: EU Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership  

▪️ 11:45 __ Welcoming Words – Reet Aus
(Designer, Senior Researcher at EKA)

▪️ 11:50 __ Keynote Speech – Pirjo Kääriäinen
(Professor of Practice, Head of Education at Aalto University, founder of Chemarts project)

▪️ 12:10 __ Questions from the audience

▪️ 12:15 __ “Fashion Design for Sustainability – A New Foundation for Fashion Educators” – Dilys Williams
(Director of Centre for Sustainable Fashion, Professor of Academic Leadership at the London College of Fashion, UAL)

▪️ 12:35 __ “The Fashion SEEDS Benchmarking Report – A perspective on the Fashion Design for Sustainability Education in Europe” – Erminia D’Itria
(Doctoral Researcher at POLIMI)

▪️ 12:55 __” A Framework for Fashion Sustainability Education” – Julia Valle Noronha
(Associate Professor of Fashion, Co-head MA in Design & Crafts at EKA)

▪️ 13:15 __ “Tools and Activities for the Fashion SEEDS platform” – Louise Ravnløkke & Karen Marie Hasling
(Assistant Professors at DSKD)

▪️ 13:55 __ [Coffee break]

▪️ 14:10 __ Discussion Panel: Designer Skill-sets in a Climate Neutral Economy – Moderated by Piret Puppart (Professor of Fashion at EKA)

Panelists: Dilys Williams, Reet Aus, Oksana Skorbatjuk (Demand Generation Coordinator, Lindström), Kirsi Niinimäki (Associate Professor at the Department of Design, Aalto University) and Silke Lieser (sustainable marketing expert, founder of Gegenpol).

Innovation in Healthcare CIRRUS IC

Innovation in Healthcare 

Innovation in Healthcare is a real-time 5-day online intensive funded by Nordplus Higher Education proramme that aims to bring together Cirrus network students and faculty with a focus on co-design as a methodology of planning and implementing change to improve the delivery of public (health)care.

Dates: 14 – 16.9 (self-directed learning); 17.9 and 24 – 26.9 (collaborative workshops). For a more detailed day-to-day course schedule (GMT+3),  see below.


Applications deadline: 12.9.2020 (23:59 GMT+3)

Please fill out the Application Form. Admissions decisions will be made on a continuing bases and no later than 13.9.2020. The intensive has limited enrolment due to the very challenging public health conditions that continue to disrupt how we approach service design in healthcare.


Held in collaboration with one of the top healthcare providers in Estonia, North Estonia Medical Centre (PERH), the intensive is to respond to the current lack of patient-driven innovation from within the Cirrus network. Designed to share and develop ideas  for urgently needed solutions as well as to build resilience post-pandemic, Cirrus students from any field of study will have the opportunity to join a dedicated team of their choice for fast-paced ideation, brainstorming, and prototyping with the aim of contributing to (health)care that could give patients the service and choices that they need.


The intensive will be co-led by Josina Vink, an Associate Professor in the Institute of Design at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO)Tanel Kärp, Head of at Estonian Academy of Arts, and Riina Raudne, Communications Designer, PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School for Public Health

Digital Mobility:

Video conferencing (Zoom), messaging platforms (Slack), as well as virtual whiteboards (Miro) will be used throughout the intensive to apply service thinking remotely. 

Following Cirrus Digital Mobility guidelines, financial support will be available to cover direct costs such as IT-support service, hardware and/or software, as needed. Only Cirrus network universities are eligible to apply for Digital Mobility grants on behalf of their students.

Course Schedule:

Monday, 14 September

Pre-recorded lectures and design toolbox distributed

Design Teams assigned

1st Assignment (independent) / Preliminary research

Thursday, 17 September

10:00 – 12:00 Online lectures and mentoring

14:15 – 21:00 2nd Assignment (independent) / Brainstorming and Ideation

Thursday, 24 September

10:00 – 12:00 Online lectures and mentoring

14:15 – 21:00 3rd Assignment (independent) / Rapid Prototyping

Friday, 25 September

10:00 – 12:00 Online lectures and mentoring

Saturday, 26 September

11:45: – 16:45 4th Assignment (independent) / Idea Refinement


From Autumn 2020, CIRRUS launches a series of digital conversations, held once a month. The idea is to come together around a topic of interest for the members in the network, and share experiences and insights. We envision this as a 1- to 2-hour low-key session, over zoom or a similar platform, where the inviting school or person opens the conversation with an introduction, and sets the format for how they would like the joint conversation to happen.

The first 2 hour conversation:
hosted by Estonian Academy of Arts
Indrek Sirkel, professor, head of Graphic Design

Sean Yendrys, associate professor, head of MA Graphic Design
Tuesday, September 29, 2020, 14.00 EET:
(11.00 Iceland / 13 Scandinavian / 14 Finnish/Baltic time)

How do we retain some of the vital circumstances afforded by in-person teaching and learning? How to keep a sense of community, opportunities for spontaneous & intimate discussions, and an environment for making. In contrast, what new teaching practices, exchanging of resources, and forms of communication might emerge from these conditions that should integrate themselves into future curriculums?

Please sign up here due September 24.
Seats: 20

Further information: Sandra Mell
CIRRUS network coordinator

We are looking for your help in developing this series further. If you have a topic that you would like to share with us all by discussing it with other members of our network, please let us know, suggest a date, and we’ll collectively make it happen.

CIRRUS express course at Art Academy of Latvia (LMA) / Dialogue 8-17 September, 2020

DIALOGUE (ceramics wood firing workshop)

Teaching period:  08.09 – 17.09.2020(8th Sept. – Arrival, 17th Sept. – Departure)
Teacher(s): LAA Prof. Dainis Lesins, Pundurs, Ainars Rimicans, Liga Skarina, Eugenia Loginova. 

ECTS:  1,5

Number of available places for CIRRUS students: 2
Grant available: 2×70 EUR weekly rate + travel grant 330 EUR (Iceland 660 EUR). When you have been confirmed of the seat, please fill in the application form found here: It needs to be signed by your home coordinator and yourself and sent to along with the confirmation e-mail from LMA

Level: BA / MA 

Requirements: to prepare two project drawings for your art objects upon the arrival. 

Your individual working tools and work clothes shall be taken along with you.

Application deadline: 20.08.2020. The results will be announced on 21.08.2020.

How to apply: 

Please send a short motivation letter (mention also your full name, home university, study level, contacts) and some photos of your art works (could be portfolio, electronic version or web link) to the e-mail address:

Course description: 

The course is envisaged as a part of an international ceramic symposium, during which an intensive programme will be carried out. The students will be given a unique possibility to be introduced to professional artists, their oeuvre.  Programme includes lectures, workshops, professional practice, wood kiln firing – high temperature soda wood firing, attendance of museums, galleries and the participation at the POP-UP exhibition on the end of the symposium. 

Assignment: This year’s theme of the symposium “Dialogue” invites artists to create small sculptural works (H about 30cm) using ceramic material, but find new, non-traditional shape, thus paying attention to the multifunctionality of the material as well as the artistic expressions. 

Envisaged results: students will obtain the knowledge in the field of ceramics materials and woodfiring technologies by practically developing the project in ceramics. The project works will be displayed at the exhibition.

Additional information:

Venues of the symposium – a splendid and picturesque resort by the seaside in Jurmala. 

 For all the group the guest house will be rented. Participation fee is compulsory for all the participants, for students (with a discount) – 180 Euro. It covers costs of accommodation in double room, working materials and firing. Catering is not provided, but each room is equipped with fridge, teapot, microwave.