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Studia Generalia | Josina Vink

October 20th 2020 at 15:00–16:00
Service Ecosystem Design

Josina Vink, Associate Professor in Service Design, Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) & Design Lead, Center for Connected Care (C3) Norway

This lecture will challenge some of the existing assumptions about service design and present an alternative understanding of service design called “service ecosystem design”. With examples from the context of healthcare, this talk will bring to life a more systemic approach to service design that can help to support long-term change. 

Josina Vink is an Associate Professor in Service Design at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) and Design Lead within the Center for Connected Care (C3) in Norway. Josina has over ten years experience as a service designer working in international healthcare contexts, including in Canada, the United States and Sweden. In her practice, she has developed new services, supported policy change, facilitated shifts in practices across sectors, and led social lab processes.

Workshop after the lecture at 16:20–18

Designerly Approaches to Shaping Social Structures (workshop, max 20 people)

In this workshop, you will learn how to become more aware of invisible social structures —such as norms, rules, roles and beliefs— and intentionally shape them within a service design process. We will try out hands-on designerly methods together that can be used to support a more systemic approach to service design.

The event will be held remotely via Zoom.

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Sami Kauppinen,

Studia Generalia | Katarina Wetter-Edman

29.9.2020 klo 15–16
Service design: principles and practices for private, public and policy value creation.

Dr. Katarina Wetter-Edman (eng)

PhD in Design and MFA in Industrial Design, HDK-School of Design and Crafts, Gothenburg University

Katarina will present a brief background of the emergence of Service design, the principles underpinning service design practice through practical examples from private and public sector.

Dr. Katarina Wetter-Edman is Design researcher at Örebro University, Sweden. She has 10 years practical experience in service design, industrial design and design management. Her research focuses on articulation of the emerging field of design for service including service design practice. More specifically she is interested in the potential contribution of design practice and user involvement through design, and how the specific design competence may be formulated through a pragmatist understanding of inquiry and aesthetic knowledge. She has an increasing interest for the role of service design in the public sector. She has among other worked at Government Offices of Sweden and Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm. Her reserach is published in both design and service research journals and conferences.

A link to the lecture will be sent by email.

Register here.

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Sami Kauppinen,


Reuniting despite of exceptional times! REUNION organised in the October 6th is an open event considering the future of design education and collaboration between the Finnish design schools.

The day starts with future oriented keynotes and considerations about the trends affecting design education. Afternoon workshops bring teachers and other staff to work together with two main collaboration themes recognised in the Finnish Design Academy: educational collaboration and visibility on design education

Due to the uncertain corona situation, unlike informed earlier, the Finnish Design Acadmy do not organise satellites into each school, but the event will be held fully remotely. 

Educational collaboration
Creating shared studies, has been one of the most vible collaboration forms in th Finnish Design Academy in past years. In the worshop session participants get to know to the work done and experiences of shared studies. The afternoon aims to solve the challeges faced with educational collaboration. 

Visibility of design education
Has the design education left to the shadow of other fields? Is there misunderstandings of what kind of knowledge skills design education creates? The aim of the workshop is to consider concrete ways to communicate about design education and what kind of visibility activities schools may have together.

RE/UNI/ON 6th October 2020 at 9:45–16:15


Please note that the keynotes are in Finnish. Finnish descriptions for the keynotes.

9:45 Welcome
10:00 Keynote: Risto Linturi, futures researcher
10:50 Q&A
11:10 Keynote: Henri Hyppönen, creative manager and author
11:50 Q&A
13:00 workshops
14:30 workshops
15:40 summary


Emmi Putkonen /

Virtual exhibition creates new possibilities

Virtual exhibitions are now created one after another. Although virtual form is the only possible way to arrange an exhibition at the moment, the outcomes are something new and innovative. This happened also at the Finnish Design Academy. 

Virtual environments have been developed at the Finnish Design Academy since last autumn – and that’s good since the Spring Forum was needed to arrange virtually due to corona pandemic. From the exhibition’s point of view the virtual environments made possible to gather student work from Helsinki and Rovaniemi. Collecting the exhibition in a short time enabled previously developed collaboration between design schools and using 3D software as part of a design process.

— Virtual exhibition unites people all around the world: it’s possible to easily implement whole new kind of collaborative exhibitions. 

Anu Kylmänen, University of Lapland

Virtual reality as an exhibition space

The works at this unique collaborative exhibition were made by the Clothing Design students from the University of Lapland and the Industrial Design students from Metropolia UAS. 

At the University of Lapland 3D software are utilised as part of clothing design since 2008. Now the 3D models were presented at the virtual exhibition for the first time – thanks to the development work made at the Finnish Design Academy. 

The works master’s students of the clothing design were accomplished in collaboration with the Lapland Hospital District and the Lapland Education centre REDU. The assignment was to design representative uniforms for the Managers of the First Aid unit.

In the centre of the project was information retrieval and analysis. The customer was tightly part of the design process: they met several times during the process and for each decision was got an approval from the customer before proceeding. Textile and fashion students from REDU executed the detailed prototypes. 

Read more about the makers


Sara Aarni
Ella Kinnunen
Maria Koivuranta
Inkeri Kylämäki
Tanja Pohjola
Veera Saarikivi


Janina Gotzev
Maarit Karttunen
Riikka Ylisirniö

Teachers responsible

Ana Nuutinen, University of Lapland
Anu Kylmänen, University of Lapland
Karoliina Laxtröm, University of Lapland
Tuija Nikkinen, REDU

Associates, Lapland Hospital District

Panu Karjalainen, Head of the First Aid Unit
Joni Tarkka, Field Manager
Antti Saari, Doctor in Charge 

Virtual reality assisting design process 

The other part of the exhibition presented the lamp designs by the second-year students from the Metropolia University of Applied Sciences made at the LOCAL LIGHT – WITH SOCIAL IMPACT course. The exhibition also presented thesis works utilising VR environments.

The assignment was to create a light inspired from the atmosphere created by a light and locality of the material selections as well as the transparency of the manufacturing process. Physical prototypes of the lamps were presented at the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair -furniture fair.

Aarre | Anni Vainio, 2020
Anni Vainio

Shape of the wooden Aarre light is inspired by the old storage chests.


  • Grada plywood
  • Aircraft plywood
  • Perspex® acryl (ISO 9001 sertified)
  • Philips Hue light string

Funky Crown | Nikita Puolakainen, 2020
Funky Crown
Nikita Puolakainen

Self-assembling feature represents the locality aspect of the light. 

A plastic base with a E27 LED light  is holding the crown-like shape. A shade is cut from a leftover canvas (VPF-Amsterdam).

Tomi Salo

Hilke table light represents the modern life with a handmade glass shade and a concrete base meanwhile giving a reflection to the future. 

Koto | Veera Tolonen, 2020
Veera Tolonen

Koto is designed so that it can be placed into any side of the lamp. User is able to affect on the direction and amount of the light by turning the lamp.  

Material: clay

From the student virtually organised exhibition requires 3D modelling the design and sending it with measurements to the person who upload the products to the virtual space. 

At the Metropolia students were able to test their products at the GLUE virtual environment during design process. With the VR controllers user they were able to pick products into their hands and test the design almost like in a real world.  

Even if looking a product at the virtual reality is an easy way to perceive the measurements of the product the students recognised that VR environment isn’t quite like a real world. When ability to touch products is missing, it’s needed to consider new ways to present the design. Anni Vainio thinks that it’s important that designer is involved building the virtual exhibition.

– It’s important that the designer is there to make sure that the end result delivers the right feeling and different elements are presented correctly. 

Will virtual replace physical? 

The industrial design students are not ready to completely forget the physical prototypes since they feel that it’s still an important part of the process. Tomi Salo considers that the producibility is still easier to take into account when making a physical prototype. 

— If the lamp would have been designed only at the VR environment and I wouldn’t have needed to produce it, maybe the end result would have been very different.

Development work of the virtual exhibition environment continues in collaboration with the Finnish Design Schools. This exhibition at the Spring Forum hopefully represented an inspirer for the new kind of collaborative exhibitions of the future that are not tied into a certain place nor time.

#remotedesignacademy invites to share greetings from home

How is your remote design studies and teaching going? Bring it out! We are inviting you to share your innovations, frustrations and enjoyment from the corona time at the campaign by Finnish Design Academy.

We will share the stories of design students and teachers at our facebook page for the next two weeks. You can also participate at Instagram using tags #remotedesignacademy #[yourschool] #finnishdesignacademy

How to join at Facebook?

Send us a short post and visualisation about your day among design studies via Facebook @Finnish Design Academy or by Whatsapp 044 708 5126.

That’s it! We will share your awesome story at our Facebook page so that other design students and teachers may get peer support or ideas for their own studies. We can share your story with your own name or with a nickname (anonymous).

Just basic things from daily life are very welcome as well as crazy design study practices. Don’t take it too seriously – see the example from Anna:

Let’s keep the flag high!

Design degree shows under corona

At the university level schools, spring is a golden time for theses. Tranditionally design schools has organised exhibitions presenting the great works of graduating students. Because of these exceptional times the exhibitions are needed to cancel or organise differently. In this article we are going to collect all the virtual design thesis exhibitions around Finland.


The first Finnish design event in virtual reality

Spring Forum is an annual event organised by the Finnish design education network. The aim is to cover the current topics of the design field and to support the national collaboration of the Finnish design schools. The event organised this year at 16th and 17th April was the third and the first targeted especially for students. 


Prepare for the Spring Forum

Spring Forum 2020 is a two-days event for design students where the aim is to consider the meaning of designers for the future and how designers are able to create a meaningful future. Due to this exceptional time the event will be arranged in a new kind of virtual hub space called Design Space.