24 Students, 4 Examiners, and the Future of Design

Friday, 14th Dec 2018


Want a peek into the future?

CIID’s graduating class of 2018 just presented their final projects.

The open house happens Friday December 14th at our headquarters in Copenhagen, but for everyone else, here’s a sneak peek of their eye-popping digital builds that are smart, funny, and give a damn about making things better for human beings and the planet.


Interaction Design Programme – Costa Rica and Copenhagen – Open for Applications

Friday, 30th Nov 2018


The positive impact of CIID continues to grow and from 2019, we will offer our full-time Interaction Design Programme (IDP) in two locations: Costa Rica and Copenhagen.


The application process for the IDP Costa Rica 2019 (starting in September) and the IDP Copenhagen 2020 (starting in January) is OPEN. It is possible to apply to one or both programmes.

Initial deadline: Friday – February 22nd, 2019


We place faith in diversity of experience, thinking and culture – and impart skills for teamwork, communication and collaboration, not just technical and design skills. Following a rigorous selection process, we select people from all over the world to participate in our Interaction Design Programme (IDP). Each person brings individual skills with them and the IDP is an effective platform for peer-to-peer learning.

Through an intense curriculum, participants are taught to identify opportunities and to create new applications for technology – but more importantly to humanise technology – through the creation of meaningful, pragmatic and socially relevant concepts that will have a positive impact on people and the planet.

Through the design of software, products and services, we apply a hands-on and life-centred approach to interaction design. We believe in early, iterative and rapid prototyping as an integral part of the entire design process.

Moving from awareness to action on a specific topic is not always a straight path. We hope that our graduates will go on to design products, systems and services that will act as catalysts for bigger thinking. There are things people can do to live a more sustainable lifestyle – we need to act on a systemic level. The beauty of interaction design is that it can act as a conduit between the individual and the complex systems that governs how we live. Knowing that, we’ve formed collaborative partnerships between industry and education to design products and services that help people adapt and respond to a changing world.

We have chosen Costa Rica as the first location for the Interaction Design Programme outside of Denmark because the country is home to a staggering 6 percent of the world’s biodiversity. This makes it the perfect place to focus on life-centred solutions. Our aim is to learn from and build upon progressive innovation including the fact that the region currently generates more than 99 percent of its electricity using five different renewable sources: hydropower (78%), wind (10%), geothermal energy (10%), biomass, and solar (1%).

Find out more about the admissions process.

3 weeks of CIID Summer School in Kochi + 3 Lightning Talks!

Thursday, 22nd Nov 2018



Want a sneak peak into the world of interaction design?

Join CIID Summer School’s Lightning Talks, a series of 7-minute demos or opinion pieces presented by faculty on a topic that they are passionate about.

The events are designed to be quick hits of inspiration, and also present an opportunity to get to know CIID, its instructors, and other Summer School attendees.

Lightning Talks are free and open to the public—simply register using the links below.

We hope to see you there!

Week 1: Tuesday, December 4th

Week 2: Tuesday, December 11th

Week 3: Tuesday, December 18th

Interaction Design Programme – Final Exhibition 2018

Friday, 26th Oct 2018


When: Friday, December 14th, 2pm-9pm
Where: CIID, Toldbodgade 37b, Copenhagen K, 1253

This year’s Final Exhibition will showcase a wide range of design solutions through an impressive collection of tangible, visual and experiential prototypes. Our Interaction Design Programme students have followed an intense curriculum and the Final Exhibition sets out to reflect their new found knowledge and skill-sets.

The 24 final projects will demonstrate the multi-disciplinary, exploratory and potentially disruptive nature of Interaction Design and Service Design. We hope that the projects won’t stop at this exhibition and that people will continue to develop their concepts into actual products and services that will impact positively on the lives of those they are designed for.

Please register to attend the event here.

New partial scholarships for Kochi!

Thursday, 11th Oct 2018

CIID website

New partial scholarships are now available for CIID Summer School Kochi, India!

Thanks to our local partner, Kerala Startup Mission, we are happy to announce that there are now new partial scholarships available. The offer is directed at startups, students, or local partners and gives the opportunity to participate with up to 50% off the regular fee.

Find out if you are eligible for this offer and apply through this website. Please keep in mind that there is a limited number of seats as part of this offer, and that the recipients will be selected by CIID.

We hope to see you in Kochi!

Aug 24th: Meet and greet in Bangalore – CIID Summer School in Kochi, India

Monday, 20th Aug 2018

Postcard SS-IND 2018

Join us for a casual meet and greet ahead of CIID’s first-ever Summer School in India this December.

If you are interested in innovation and design and intrigued by our upcoming Summer School, we invite you to attend this event on Friday August 24th and meet Ana Laura Farias, the Head of Summer School, who will give an introduction to the programme and answer any questions you may have.

Sign up here in order to attend, and feel free to share the news with your friends and colleagues!

CIID workshops this autumn: Athens – Singapore

Thursday, 2nd Aug 2018


CIID workshops are on the road again!

For the third time in 2018, we are excited to announce our return to both Athens and Singapore, this time with a 2-day workshop titled Service Design and Change Management, in cooperation with the Hellenic American Union and TinkTank, respectively.

Service design uses a customer-centric and systemic perspective to uncover and create a competitive advantage. Service designers understand markets as a system of stakeholders and factors where value is created – across industries, sectors, and departments.

Service Design and Change Management
Athens: 22-23 November 2018
Singapore: 3-4 December 2018

This course is ideal for professionals with some prior exposure to design methods, designers of all kinds who want to be more holistic in their work, or managers with an interest in strategic design and championing change inside their organizations.

In the workshop we’ll apply service design tools such as blueprinting, user typologies, and experience maps to your own organization’s challenges for service improvement and innovation.

We hope to see you there!

CIID Summer School Kochi, India – Super Early Bird launch!

Wednesday, 25th Jul 2018

As you already know, CIID Summer School is going to India in December for the first time! Many of the faculty that are currently with us in Copenhagen will join us in Kochi to run 10+ workshops on innovation and design.

And as this is our first time there we have very exciting news:

Sign up before September 1st and receive a 50% Super Early Bird discount!

Read more about each of the 5-day long stand-alone workshops that cover topics from Intro to Interaction Design and People-Centred Research to Machine Learning and Designing with Blockchain. Choose and combine 1-3 of them to create your own curriculum according to your needs and interests.

Let your friends and colleagues know by sharing these news – we look forward to seeing you there!

New CIID courses for professionals in Copenhagen!

Wednesday, 4th Jul 2018


The next CIID workshops in Denmark are set to take place at SAP Experience Center Copenhagen this autumn.

The courses are short, stand-alone but ideally combined, and weeks apart in order to fit the schedule of busy professionals.

The first is a 3-day course designed to introduce you to Design Thinking as a holistic approach for creative change, while the second offers a deeper dive into some Service Design tools that can be used to apply it.

Design Thinking for Services: October 3-5
Understand why design thinking has become the go-to approach for creative change, and be ready to practice it on your own after 3 days of intensive hands-on learning by doing.

Service Design and Change Management: November 8-9
Use a human-centred and systemic perspective to understand your customers, define your value, and act accordingly – across industries, sectors, and departments.

Read more about each and reserve a spot today! Early bird and group tickets are available.

3-day Service Design Thinking course in Singapore!

Tuesday, 22nd May 2018


CIID is going back to Singapore!

After a sold-out workshop in February we are excited to come back to Singapore in co-operation with TinkTank.

Title: Service Design Thinking
Dates: July 18-20th

For three days you will work in teams and do research, create insights, and prototype and test solutions for real-world problems. Through short lectures followed by hands-on application of the methodology, you will learn practical tools like user journey mapping, rapid ideation, and prototyping techniques. By the end of the course you will be ready to take them back to your work and apply them according to your own needs.

Sign up now and take advantage of the Early Bird discount!