DESIGN + SUSTAINABILITY

We believe design and creative practices have much to offer in creating holistic solutions to the complex issues organizations and society face, crafting a triple bottom line of value that works in practice in addition to theory. Design represents a human-centered approach to change and development – in other words, just what we need to move the needle in making sustainable solutions a part of our everyday lives. Design + Sustainability takes stock of what harnessing design to tackle sustainability looks like in practice in the organizations of today.

Follow us on LinkedIn and instagram to get some bite-sized insights. Our aim is to start a discussion on the next steps that organizations and professionals can take to shape a sustainable future. We welcome you to join the conversation!

READ THE REPORT

In Spring 2021, we interviewed designers and design managers at 101 organizations in Finland to examine how far along we are at leveraging design to create value. Talking with 6 public organizations, 29 consultanies and agencies, as well as 66 private companies from all sizes and industries, we’ve synthesized key findings and examples on how design adds value in organizations and can advance sustainability. Click on the button to read the English report, and a Finnish version will follow soon.

VISIT THE EXHIBITION

Design brings a human-centered approach to change and development – just what we need to make sustainable solutions a part of our everyday lives. Based on our research in 101 Finnish organizations, Design+Sustainability takes stock of what harnessing design to tackle sustainability looks like in practice today.  The exhibition 9.9.-2.10.2021 at Glasshouse Helsinki in the Helsinki Design Week offers insights and examples of how design can advance sustainability, ranging from manufacturing to retail and consumer goods to public services. Explore bite-sized insights on what are the most common issues and tactics tackled in sustainability through design, and get inspired by examples of improving environmental, social and economical sustainability. The exhibition has been constructed using UPM’s biobased material solutions and features a sculpture by Erwin Laiho.

PEOPLE

Tua BjörklundDesign + Sustainability