The QUT Design Lab was founded in 2016 to employ bold, fresh, and rigorous design-led research.
As our world gets increasingly complex, volatile and uncertain, we need ideas, innovative collaborations and imagination – the ability to reshape what is and conceive, create, and design things that don’t yet exist. That is the mission and vision of the QUT Design Lab: to reimage and redesign our future. We create impactful change, applying our creative mindsets in three core domains: (1) industry and advanced manufacturing; (2) health; and (3) the built environment.
We are a collaborative, cross-disciplinary community of designers, engineers, roboticists, creative thinkers, makers, artists, health practitioners and innovators, who work together to speculate, imagine, design, and innovate. We are a catalyst for new thinking and drive technological innovation through design-led approaches, with our research privileging end-user engagement, sustainability, cross-disciplinarity, and industry collaborations. We ask how tools, methods and approaches from design and creative practice foster world-changing ideas and innovation in different settings – industry, manufacturing, healthcare, public spaces, and urban and regional places. We create, test, and deploy prototypes with collaborators across industry, government, and community and our imaginative, thought-provoking and high impact research.
Our mission is ‘Change by Design’, focused around two core programs:
Design for Health