The Knowledge Design Lab in the School of Design at UTS uses design to investigate the effects of media and materiality on the scholarly production of knowledge. Our project-based research explores how visual, experiential, and digital modes of knowledge creation shape and expand research across domains.

Our projects are grounded in diverse fields from literary criticism to climate science. We create analog and digital prototypes whose design (process, media, formats, and modalities) elicits ways of knowing that expand or challenge disciplinary and cultural traditions and industry norms. Through the creation of innovative demonstration projects and applied case studies, researchers in the lab aim to influence the next generation of technology development to foster interpretation, interrogate data, structure arguments, and generate new ways of seeing. We also produce new design research methods, theory, and pedagogy.

What is Knowledge Design?

Knowledge Design is a specialized design practice that considers the epistemic effects of materiality, media, format, and form. It is concerned with how cultural categories such as knowledge, evidence, documents, vouchers, and other categories that define what is knowable and true, are design-dependent.

Knowledge Design integrates design theory with the digital humanities, media studies, and science and technology studies. It is built upon a model of design as reflective practice and social critique (rather than problem-solving).