Our city with co-creation in its soul. A world leading Institute of Industrial Design. Passionate, questioning, world enhancing ­creators, artists, researchers and entreprenuers.

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A young and rapidly growing university city in the north of Sweden. ­Openminded citizens full of initiative, who help each other forward. We ­welcome the new – people, cultural expressions, research findings and ­design. Smart and progressive solutions and possibilities emerge as a result. Umeå’s creative power was highlighted in 2014 when we were proclaimed European Capital of Culture.


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We are different. Umeå Institute of Design offers a rare blend between the local and the global in a unique Scandinavian design setting. Our philosophy: putting people first.uid.umu.se/en

The Pink is a design-driven ecosystem for spearhead innovation and sustainable ­social transformation, an endevaour by RISE (Research Institutes of Sweden).

eXpression Umeå is an incubator at the Art Campus. With dynamic methods, ­innovative spaces and experienced ­business coaches, we help creative minds to release their inner entrepreneur.

Bildmuseet produces exhibitions in collaboration with artists, museums and universities around the world. They have received a Special Commendation from the European Museum of the Year jury , and were among the top candidates for the Swedish Museum of the Year Award as well as for the Council of Europe Museum Prize.


Why Tim Brown
likes Umeå

IDEO is considered one of the best design company’s in the world with an impressive history including early collaborations with among others Steve Jobs. Tim Brown, CEO of IDEO visited Umeå Institute of Design in May 2018 to find out about why some of his best recruits have studies in Umeå. See his answer in the video.

UID19 | Design Talks and Degree Show is the annual celebration of the rich talent being developed at the Umeå Institute of Design. The event will include student and company presentations, keynotes delivered by leading designers, a design exhibition as well as a myriad of networking opportunities.


In recent years the show has become a hotspot in the design community where major international companies, design professionals and the media gather in search of trends in the field. Representatives from all over the world travel to Umeå to find inspiration, to follow up or establish collaborations and to recruit young designers.Our graduating students from product-, interaction- and transportation design are at this very moment getting ready to express their journeys leading up to show. Join us to experience two very special days packed with insights about where design is going, presented by the next generation of designer that wants to take it there.


Umeå has an effective and inclusive support system for innovation with world class academic and business incubators [with wide-ranging focus from biomedicine to creative and cultural sectors]. Equally important is the environment in which they operate. Fortunately, it lies in Umeå’s DNA to work inclusively and to challenge perceptions, creating a reflexive and stimulating environment to work in.

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Umeå lies in the north of Sweden, latitude 63°.

The Gulf Stream enables a good climate with four real seasons, a winter good for every winter sport, a beautiful spring, a summer good for every summer sport and a nice autumn where the variety of trees in the forest lets nature sparkle in colours.

Umeå is located roughly 400 kilometers south of the Arctic circle. Umeå is the province capital of Västerbotten County.