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Northumbria School of Design has a rich history of promoting research into and through design, with an emphasis on practice-led and applied design research.

Much of our research in the School of Design is built on long-term collaborations with citizens and communities, and includes partnerships with a range of non-profit, public and commercial partners. While our research is diverse in nature, the School has three research themes that much of our work aligns with:

These themes are underpinned by strengths in core areas of design expertise across industrial and innovation design, fashion design and fashion communications, graphic design, interior design, and interaction design and human-computer interaction.

Beyond this, the School of Design also hosts: Craft Futures, our forum for exploring emerging making practices and practice-led design and craft research; CoCreate, a multi-disciplinary research group with an emphasis on participatory forms of research and social and interaction design; and the Digital Disruption Network, a research network where organisations and academics invent the future of digital technology together.

Northumbria School of Design also established the Research Through Design conference series, and is a key constituting member of Northumbria's Practice Research Group.

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