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Art and Design Universities - Innovation Network (preparatory survey)

  • Published 01/03/2004
  • Last updated 09/06/2011
The purpose of this preliminary survey has been to review the current status of innovation activities of art and design institutions in the Nordic and Baltic region. First of all, the survey aims to highlight the innovation supporting services provided by the most important art and design universities in Nordic and Baltic countries. Secondly, the fact how design is integrated to the national innovation systems is analysed from each country’s point of view.

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The focus is especially in describing different actors in the innovation systems and highlighting good practices found form different countries. Furthermore, the aim of the survey is to investigate preconditions for the further development of the innovation activities of art and design institutions and for the creation of Nordic innovation network in the design field. 

In art and design the universities lack behind
Findings of the survey conducted by Designium show that there would be a clear need for developing innovation supporting services in Nordic and Baltic art and design universities. In art and design, the universities lack behind in the development of the innovation activities compared for example to universities in the field of technology and medicine. However, interest of developing these things does exist and many art and design universities have started to develop their activities accordingly. 

 

 

Benefits from an innovation network and improved cooperation
The preliminary survey also shows that there would becertain benefits from the development of an innovation network and improved cooperation between the art and design institutions in the innovation field. For researchers, teachers and students, this offers new ways of learning, new contacts with the business world, a channel for recruitment and

commercialising their innovations. For businesses, it would provide an opportunity to exploit the research and expert resources of the leading art and design institutions in their own product development and innovation activities. 

 

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Similar legislation in the field of immaterial rights
Finally, taking into account the fact that all the art and design universities in Nordic and Baltic region are at least slightly different in nature, networking would allow them to adopt the best practices and methods that have found to be working well. The somewhat similar legislation in the field of immaterial rights in Nordic countries could also be in favour of this. Altogether, networking would mean a wider market area and considering the whole Nordic and Baltic region instead of one separate country. This could also lead to the strengthening of the more unified concept of “Scandinavian” or “Northern European” design. 



How design is integrated to the national innovation systems 
The survey highlights quite extensively the current status of innovation activities of art and design institutions in the Nordic and Baltic region and the different actors in the field. Also, the fact how design is integrated to the national innovation systems is analysed. The fact how networking of these different institutions could facilitate the more efficient transfer of art and design institutions into the society and business is also discussed. Taking into account that innovation activities are not so developed yet in the design field, these topics are new and there is not so much information available. Taking this into consideration, the goals of the project can be considered to be fulfilled quite well. 

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Project participants

  • Eija Nieminen

    Designium, University of Art and Design Helsinki, Finland