In order to enable design education to better meet social needs when facing real world challenges, Shanghai D&I further proposes a cluster of research areas. These areas include, but are not limited to, design for healthcare, design for urban-rural interaction, design for new mobility and transportation,design for innovative education, design for community building, design for industrial transformation, and design for smart and sustainable cities.  

Value-based Design

  • Sustainable Design

  • Human-centered Design

  • Open Design


Themes of Research Areas

  • Business & Innovation

  • Design & Technology

  • Media & Interaction

  • Environment & human settlements

  • History, Culture & criticism

  • Knowledge, Methods & Education