QUT Design Manifesto

Design today is not just a noun, but a verb. It is not just an object, but an action. It is not just an artefact, but an approach. Design resists stasis: it enables, disrupts, innovates, mediates, and facilitates. Uniquely equipped to deliver social, cultural, political, economic and environmental impacts, design drives value creation and innovation in the 21st century.

The QUT Design Lab and the School of Design engaged in an engagement process to tease out the values we want to adhere to in research, teaching, learning, and practice. The result is the QUT Design Manifesto:

  • Design is inclusive [open].
  • Design serves people, place, and planet [ethical].
  • Design seeks a better future [optimistic].
  • Design privileges curiosity [experimental].
  • Design disrupts to drive positive change [transformational].

Our Mission

Moving beyond the creation of objects or artefacts, the QUT Design Lab demonstrates the benefit and value of design methods, practices, and outcomes in realising Australia’s National Innovation agenda.

Our mission is “Change by Design.”

Fostering transdisciplinary collaboration, the QUT Design Lab has been established in 2016 as a centre for bold, fresh, and rigorous design-led research that seeks to tackle our most pressing 21st century challenges. The QUT Design Lab offers an open, agile and permeable structure comprising three value-driven research programs.

As a hub and home for a diverse team of academics, research students, industry professionals, and community leaders, the QUT Design Lab supports transdisciplinary collaborations that result in tangible impact and engagement, and which transfer knowledge and technology into beneficial applications for industry, society, and the environment.

Design Sprint Services – Design Thinking Sprints

We can collaborate with you to co-design and deliver design sprint workshops, ranging in duration from 1-2 hours to several days. This could be part of a conference that you are hosting, which gives attendees hands-on experience with design thinking and design doing (see the ISQua Design Thinking Masterclass as an example of what can be covered in 90 minutes), professional development for your organisation, change management initiatives and culture change strategies, or you may wish to “deep dive” into a specific challenge.

QUT Design Lab Annual Report






QUT 2020 Design Lab Overview


2018 QUT Design Lab Annual Report




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