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DesignIT - An investment in interaction design for SMEs

The DesignIT project is a three-year project for small and medium-sized enterprises in Norrbotten and Västerbotten. Through practical innovation projects with researchers at RISE, we will increase the SMEs expertise and experience in innovation and interaction design.

The project is funded by the EU Stcctural Fund


The aim of the project is for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the region to strengthen their innovation capacity and their technological development through collaboration with researchers and other important players. More SMEs will develop their knowledge in interaction design, user experiences and user-centered development, and more companies will build knowledge of and experience of innovation projects and of collaboration with researchers.


Increased digitization in society and in working life means that more areas are using ICT, therefore investments in interaction design are needed in order for the innovations of the future to be competitive. A good understanding of the users, their driving forces and context is needed to develop well-functioning solutions. A design perspective on the interaction between people and new technology is central to the development of future applications and smart products.


Through a pre-study, the foundation was laid for how a successful project aimed at SMEs in the region should be organized. The project thus offers flexible forms of research collaboration and learning and with the possibility of different levels of participation, from innovation projects to workshops and seminars.


The project contributes to sustainable growth in the regions, innovative SMEs, new collaborations between SMEs and researchers and new ideas and prototypes to further develop.


Project name





Region Norrbotten, Region Västerbotten

RISE role in project


Project start


3 år

Total budget

9 300 000

The UN sustainable development goals

3. Good health and well-being
4. Quality education
11. Sustainable cities and communities

Project website

Project members


External press

Sofia Larsson

Contact person

Sofia Larsson

Senior Researcher

+46 10 228 41 64

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