Tua Björklund is an assistant professor and one of the co-founders of Aalto University Design Factory. With 38 experimentation platforms across the globe, the Design Factory brings people together to co-create new solutions and creates new knowledge to support developing a sustainable future. Photo: George Atanassov.
Sanna Lehtinen (PhD) works as a Research Fellow in the Transdisciplinary Arts Studies unit TAITE at the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture. Her research focuses on urban and environmental aesthetics and the philosophy of the city. Sanna is a Codirector in the board of the international Philosophy of the City Research Group.
İdil Gaziulusoy is a sustainability scientist and a design researcher, an educator and a strategic consultant. She is Associate Professor of Sustainable Design and Leader of NODUS Sustainable Design Research Group in Aalto University. Her work focuses on how design can help with creating sustainable, desirable and just futures for the present and upcoming generations of all species.
Milja Komulainen is a graphic designer, illustrator and student of Visual Communication Design at Aalto University. She is interested in ink and design with social and political purpose.
Hares Bassil is a visual communication MA student at Aalto. He is interested in bilingual and experimental Arabic typography and letterforms-in the scopes of practice and research.
Baldur Haraldsson is a master’s student in Interior Architecture at Aalto University with a bachelor degree in architecture from Reykjavík, Iceland. He’s focused on both spatial and product design with inclusivity, material reuse and utilisation in mind.
Markéta Dolejsova is a design researcher and curator experimenting with embodied, relational ways of knowing and doing, often in multi-species settings. She currently serves as a postdoctoral research fellow at Aalto University - School of Arts, Design and Architecture (FI), working with the CreaTures project (Creative Practices for Transformational Futures). She has co-founded several art/design research initiatives, including the Open Forest Collective, the Feeding Food Futures network and the Uroboros festival.
Tej Chauhan is an industrial designer known for his emotive visual approach. His work focuses on "connection" and the way objects make us feel. He has over 20 years' experience working with renowned global brands, and is a judge on Sky TV's "The Big Design Challenge".
Designer Tero Kuitunen, b. 1986, is inspired by the interface of design and art, the unprejudiced apposition of things, floating sceneries, and the meaning of humor and touch in design. Alongside product design, Kuitunen is known for concept and space planning as well as memorable projects of contemporary art and design.
Paavo Järvensivu is one of the founders of BIOS, an independent, multidisciplinary research unit which studies the effect of environmental and resource factors on Finnish society — on economy, politics, culture — and develops the anticipatory skills of citizens and decision-makers.
Anssi Kähärä is graphic designer and creative director of Werklig and the chairman of Grafia ry (2019–).
Polina Joffe is a visual artist and creative director based in Berlin. Time spent researching legibility and modern reading systems at University of the Arts London underpins Polina’s typographic-led process, which they have applied to work in their practice that involves design, print making, artists' books, coding and sculpture. Polina was previously a designer at Tate and is currently a team lead at Ableton. They regularly lecture and run workshops on the intersections of art and design.