Finland, Rovaniemi, Arctic Design Lab

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Starts: 19 May, 2016
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Instructors: Finland, Rovaniemi, Arctic Design Lab
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City: Rovaniemi

Coordinator: Satu Miettinen

Address: Yliopistonkatu 8, 96300 ROVANIEMI, FINLAND

Hosting institution: University of Lapland


Director: Satu Miettinen, email

Scientific Coordinators: Satu Miettinen, e-mail, Hanna-Riina Vuontisjärvi, e-mail:, Simo Rontti, e-mail:, Tomi Knuutila, e-mail:

Background and Objectives

University of Lapland Artic Design Lab is founded in 2015 in the Arctic Circle of Northern Finland. Arctic Design Lab represents the northernmost laboratory on DESIS lab network and it concentrates on a pluralistic and multicultural art and design in northern regions as well as on finding various creative art and design solutions to meet the needs of the northern services. Arctic design at the University of Lapland means a type of design that begins with understanding the Arctic environment and conditions and also takes into account the adaptation of people to the Arctic conditions. Arctic Design Lab has wide network that consists of organizations in the academic and non-academic sectors in the areas of European Union, United States, Asia and Africa. One of the main goals is also to support University of Lapland students’ design education by offering holistic hands-on approach to service design, co-creation and user-experience-driven innovation activities.

Primary Research Areas

  • Traditional craft
  • Ubiquitous computing
  • Luxury products
  • Arctic Design
  • Service Design
  • Ecologically sustainable design
  • Economically sustainable design
  • Culturally sustainable design
  • Socially sustainable design
  • Visual communication design and research
  • Environmental art
  • Communal art
  • Winter art
  • Media art
  • Fine art
  • Applied visual art

List of Projects and Research

  • 2014 – 2017 N4S-Program: Finnish Software Companies Speeding Digital Economy / Funded by TEKES
  • 2015 – 2016 Humanizing Service Experiences with Design Methods – HumanSee / Funded by TEKES
  • 2015 – 2018 PARTY – Participatory Tools for Human Development with the Youth/ Funded by Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), RISE
  • 2014 – 2016 Digital Health Revolution – DHR / Funded by TEKES
  • 2015- 2016 Naked Approach – Nordic perspective to gadget-free hyper-connected environments / Funded by TEKES


Satu Miettinen (Coordinator), Hanna-Riina Vuontisjärvi, Simo Rontti, Tomi Knuutila, Jonna Häkkilä, Jaana Jeminen, Piia Rytilahti, Essi Kuure, Mira Alhonsuo, Heikki Tikkanen, Laura Laivamaa, Titta Jylkäs


  • Kuure, E. & Lindström, A. (2012). Voices of the Users – How Technology Can Help in Co-Innovation. In Lena Farias, P., Calvera, A., da Costa Braga, M. & Schincariol, Z. (eds.), Design Frontiers: Territories, Concepts and Technologies. Proceedings of the 8th Conference of the International Committee for Design History & Design Studies – ICDHS 2012, 3-6 September 2012, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Edgard Blücher Ltda, Sao Paulo. ISBN 978-85-212-0692-7 (e-book), pp. 391–395.