About Us

Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design (CIID) is an international hub of creative minds. We bring together diverse students, inspirational faculty, and industry partners from all around the world to create an energetic and collaborative design culture. Originally founded in Denmark in 2006, we opened our first location outside of Denmark in 2020, and now host the Interaction Design Programme from our studio in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Our passion for people and Life-Centered Design enables us to create impact through the design of innovative products, services and environments.

What is Interaction Design?

Interaction Design is a practice that combines traditional design disciplines with socio-technological trends. It leads to intuitive solutions for products, software and services. The discipline touches on all aspects of life and therefore has significant impact on society and industry.

While Interaction Design has historically utilized a people-centered approach, CIID has evolved to be life-centered.
Starting from the premise that everything is connected, human beings are not separate from the planet that we all live on. Life-Centered Design means contributing to all living systems in a way that actively helps them survive and thrive.

Technology is often presented as a medium, however we don’t only deal with technological offerings. People have been interacting with each other and their environment since time immemorial. Therefore, Interaction Design can also be applied to the development of analogue solutions that connect or communicate information.

At CIID we strive to fulfill the objectives outlined in the UN Sustainable Development Goals so real people and life-centered research play a huge part throughout the ideation and concept generation process. We strive to understand needs and desires within a specific context to provide a product or service of genuine value. Rapid and iterative prototyping is essential to validate ideas in order to develop them in to a final solution.

Closely related to Service Design, Strategic Design and Experience Design – Interaction Design is not so much about visual and physical aesthetics but rather about the beauty of intangible experiences. We always work in multi-disciplinary teams providing an important link where projects cross product areas. We are capable of managing and communicating projects to a wide range of people – and we understand business strategy, as well as commercial and environmental consequences.