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Science & Design

At the Institute of Industrial Science (IIS) of the University of Tokyo, we want to use Design to turn Science into Deployable Innovation. However, as designers and scientists usually use very different tools and methods, it is not obvious how both disciplines can work together. The Science*Design project studies the different phases of the collaboration and, from this understanding, proposes tools and methods to support fruitful collaborations.

collaboration outputs

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The Treasure Hunting

Treasure Hunting refers to the first phase of science & design collaboration in which desingers visit the laboratories and look with scientists for "treasures" that serve as a basis for designer-scientist collaborations. This first phase is crucial for developing rich collaborative project seeds.

We are currently developing a Treasure Hunting Guidebook to provide guidance in how to conduct treasure hunting in universities and companies. In this guidebook, we explain the different methods we have developed and experimented at the DLX Design Lab, including sacrificial ideas, co-designing science workshops and more.


working with us


Since the beginning of the project, we have worked with dozens of designers and scientists to develop our tools and methods. We are now looking for partners, university or companies, to help us test them and refine them. If you are interested in being a beta-tester for our methods, please get in touch!

Design Researchers
We are also looking for highly motivated design researchers who are interested in investigating science*design led projects and in developing guidelines and methods to support the collaboration in all of its dimensions. If you are interested in working with us, please get in touch!


The Science*Design project is a research project conducted at the DLX Design Lab by Nolwenn Maudet, Kensho Miyoshi and Miles Pennington in collaboration with the laboratories from the Institute of Industrial Science of the University of Tokyo. We are also collaborating with laboratories in Imperial College London and Université Paris-Diderot.

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