Design Innovation

How do people experience the world we make, and how does our made world affect us?  Resources in this collection pose and answer these questions, examining many facets of our constructed world - from new product design, and the design of our built environment, to innovative service design and delivery. This collection is supported by the Centre for Design Innovation at Swinburne University of Technology.

Design Innovation

Report

4 Sep 2018

In order to enhance the end users' experience of public infrastructure projects, this report argues that more than ever, urban planners, engineers, architects and policymakers need to see the world through end users’ eyes.

Conference paper

3 Sep 2018

This paper reports on a UK-funded research project on designing for people living with advanced dementia using mixed methodology research and evaluation.

Conference paper

3 Sep 2018

Government bodies create programs encouraging seniors to remain active and independent for maintaining quality of life. Typically, councils engage design studios to design active ageing programs where the designer/client interaction is paramount. This study aimed to find out what happens when taking the time to...

Conference paper

3 Sep 2018

This paper demonstrates an emotion-led design approach, and associated co-design methods, intended to help create medical waiting rooms where patients feel welcomed and cared-for.

Conference paper

3 Sep 2018

This paper presents the main findings from designing and testing a prototype of a robotic device for stroke rehabilitation; including ease of use, how acceptance and initiation of use were implemented.

Article

1 Aug 2018

City Form Lab’s research examines the theory that denser city environments tend to generate higher levels of interaction between people, establishments, and institutions than sparser city environments. They argue that density increases opportunities for “both planned and chance encounters, allowing the users of an area...

Commentary

A groundbreaking new study shows that access to “greened” vacant lots reduced feelings of worthlessness and depression, especially in low-resource neighborhoods.
25 Jul 2018

What’s in a fence? More than you’d think. In neighborhoods where as little as about $1,000 was spent transforming a vacant lot with some grass, a few trees, and a short wooden fence, people felt less depressed and less worthless.

“The beauty of the...

Report

16 Jul 2018

This report delves into the information pursuit of Swinburne's Centre for Design Innovation team, exploring the way the CDI navigates the contextual factors that shape uptake and adaption, as well as the positive effect our catalogue of work has had on end-users both locally and...

Journal article

5 Jul 2018

While relocatable, prefabricated learning environments have formed an important component of school infrastructure in Australia, prefabrication for permanent school buildings is a new and emerging field. This review of prefabrication for schools is timely. In 2017, Australia’s two largest state education departments committed to prefabrication...

Article

3 Jul 2018

Innovations in the transport sector continue to introduce new opportunities to enhance travel experiences in our cities.

The 2020s are predicted to be a decade of transformation for urban mobility. This is facilitated by business models that offer a range of new mobility services...

Discussion paper

29 Jun 2018

Discussion paper and roadmap Stage 1 for commercial, institutional, and government buildings and fitouts

Discussion paper: The world passed another global-warming milestone in 2016 (NASA, 2017), with temperatures rising to their hottest on record for the third year in a row. Now is the...

Case study

25 Jun 2018

The UK’s first energy positive office, opened at Swansea University today, integrates a range of commercially available technologies to generate, store and release solar power.

The two-storey Active Office demonstrator, on Bay Campus, was built by SPECIFIC, an academic/industry consortium led by Swansea University...

Strategy

18 Jun 2018

Building on Australia’s strengths in robot talent and technologies in niche application areas, this roadmap acts as a guide to how Australia can support a vibrant robotics industry that supports automation across all sectors of the Australian economy.

Conference proceedings

Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Design4Health 2017, Melbourne Cricket Ground, 4 - 7 Dec 2017, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
30 May 2018

Design4Health is an international conference that brings together designers, health professionals and creative practitioners with researchers, clinicians, policy makers and users from across the world to discuss, disseminate and test their approaches and methods in the ever-changing nexus between design and health.

Conference paper

30 May 2018

This paper outlines the thinking behind the use of co-design workshops to engage a range of stakeholder representatives in the design and development of a Patient Experience Improvement Toolkit.

Conference paper

30 May 2018

Falls are a significant problem for older adults which affect their ability to maintain their independence and remain living at home. Home modifications are a common method to prevent falls. Fall prevention service providers follow the Australian Standard 1428.1 Design for access and mobility as...

Journal article

15 May 2018

Socially Assistive Robots (SARs) offer great promise for improving outcomes in paediatric rehabilitation. However, the design of software and interactive capabilities for SARs must be carefully considered in the context of their intended clinical use. While previous work has explored specific roles and functionalities to...

Report

2 May 2018

Artificial intelligence (AI) could transform healthcare, with potentially huge benefits. However, it also runs the risk of creating an inhuman system.

Conference paper

30 Apr 2018

Technology is being extensively used among children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in affluent countries. However, there is a paucity of studies exploring the use of technology for children with ASD in developing countries like Sri Lanka.

Other text

A visionary path to a regenerative future
12 Apr 2018

The Living Building Challenge™ is an attempt to dramatically raise the bar from a paradigm of doing less harm to one in which we view our role as a steward and co-creator of a true Living Future. The Challenge defines the most advanced measure of...