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design research that solves complex, real world problems

CDI’s research puts intelligence into
design to offer competitive advantage.

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A PhD is humanity’s most serious of all efforts to cut through the fray of ideologies and group think trickery

Associate Professor Kurt Seemann

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We have not reached a state of equality in our world. Design is one path to that goal.”

Dr Alen Keirnan

3D printed prosthetic foot design by Jonathan Yap
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Design is transformative

Dr. Samantha Edwards-Vandenhoek
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Design's major emerging role is in brokering humanity’s best knowledge to arrive at workable responses to genuine needs.”

Associate Professor Carolyn Barnes

Image by Aneesh Satyamurthy – Product Design Engineering
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World-class expertise 

CDI builds upon existing research strengths at Swinburne University of Technology to enable human scale, user focused, design led innovation. This approach fosters the opportunity for high level design innovation research, enabling postgraduates to transform often devious complex problems into valued design innovations that have commercial and humanitarian benefits.
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We thank the late Prof. Don Iverson for having the vision to support and help kick start the Centre for Design Innovation.  This video will be kept up on this site for a while yet in his honour.


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Prospective students

CDI exists to nurture and build PhD students from around the world,
and from a range of design disciplines. This pathway provides information about how to apply.

INDUSTRY partners

CDI proactively develops partnerships with industries and communities,
and welcomes the opportunity to demonstrate the commercial and humanitarian value
of design research and innovation.


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fast and accurate information for journalists. All media should contact the media relations staff.