Wednesday, 9th Jan 2019

CIID Professional Programmes testimonials from CIID on Vimeo.

When something doesn’t work, it’s a design problem. There may be simple fixes, but until you talk to the people using that thing, your work to improve it is no better than a hunch.

But there’s a smart way to take the guesswork out of problem-solving, and it’s available to anyone, working across domains and disciplines—from business to health care to government.

In these courses, you’ll gain a working knowledge of the designer’s tools and approach: practicing people-centred research to gather insights about users; turning those insights into quick, hands-on prototypes; testing your ideas; and iterating until you find the ideal product-market fit.  

Join us at one of our professional programmes and impress your team with some exciting new ways of thinking.

Seeking Optimists for a Brighter Future

Monday, 31st Dec 2018


We may not have much sunshine this time of year, but the night sky will be erupting with bright lights. For six days a year, fireworks are legal in Denmark, and in typical fashion, Copenhageners go big.

The all-night pyrotechnic blowout can feel like a personal celebration for us here at CIID, as we thank our partners—companies and organisations with whom we worked in 2018—for doing such inspiring work, and watch our graduating class ship off as newly minted interaction designers.

There were so many firsts this year:

  1. We brought our summer school to Kochi, India in partnership with the Kerala Startup Mission and other educational programmes to six different countries, including Costa Rica and Greece.
  2. We did a deep dive with Cookpad to find ways to make home cooking more fun.

  3. We peered into the near future and designed meaningful interactions in social VR with Mozilla’s Hubs team, helping them prototype ways to unlock the creativity of the 3D internet community.

  4. We explored the power of design when applied to ethics and inclusion and tackled a broad spectrum of modern challenges through machine learning and AI and mixed reality.

  5. With the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals always in our sights, we focused on partnerships with forward-thinking companies looking to make real impact in both the near and the long-term.

  6. Knowing that the planetary disruptions we feel are real and ineradicable, we created a foundation to act on climate adaptation, led by Francesca Desmarais. In 2019, we hope to partner with organisations who are tackling big questions like how might we help reduce the vulnerability that humans will feel as a result of climate change?

Though we doubt Denmark will become a summer paradise anytime soon, it’s clear that we have to transform from being people-centred to being life-centred to protect this place we call home.

And while we have no crystal ball, we are eternal optimists: We expect 2019 to be a year when companies and individuals use the power of designers and technology to push for progress, create breakthrough ideas, and bring some of Denmark’s happy way of living to people everywhere.

Nice to meet you, 2019! Let’s build something together.

Our goals for 2019

Thursday, 20th Dec 2018


What are we doing to celebrate the holidays here at CIID? Aside from the punchbowl full of gløgg, we’re choosing our top three UN Sustainable Development Goals and a list of organisations we’s like to work with to make a difference in 2019.

If you could work on anything in the new year, what would it be? Tackling today’s pressing issues will require a muscular network of collaborators who believe real change is possible. Let’s talk if you feel the same! 

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!