Grounded design as an alternative to design thinking – La Conception Ancrée comme alternative au design thinking

What if “thinking out the box” was counterproductive for innovation processes in organizations? How do we weave together knowledge about organizations and their environments and creative design tasks? How can we ground design in the identity and culture of the organization? What are the methods we need to develop to help people innovate in situation? […]

Indiscipline of Design: Bridging the Gap between Humanities and Engineering

Annie Gentes’ book on the In-discipline of Design is now published! For more information look at the dedicated website: “Indisciplineofdesign”. With examples coming from art, design, and engineering, she shows that the focus on technical functions and even social uses is not enough to come up with new designs. The Humanities as a reflective discipline […]

Industrial relationships: Chair on Theory and Models of Conception

The Codesign Lab leads a research theme of the Chair “Theory and Models of Innovative Conception”, founded by Ecole des Mines. The TMCI chair is supported by 11 industrial partners. We focus on “strange objects”. The hype on internet of things, new robot-like objects, teleactivities and hybrid approaches between artistic and technical creations are […]

Misbehaving & Design : A Workshop for the SIG Design Theory

From the 26th to the 27th of January 2015, the annual meeting of the SIG Design Theory was held in Mines ParisTech, Paris.  At this occasion, Annie Gentès and Emeline Brulé organised a workshop about Misbehaving Objects. The brief was the following: “In societies with high conceptive capacity, objects and techniques have multiple identities. This […]

Mibehaving & Design – Inspirations: a London report

Designers in Residence 2014: Disruption Design museum, London. 10 September 2014 – 8 March 2015. Official Abstract: “Now in its seventh year, Designers in Residence invites young designers – James Christian, Ilona Gaynor, Torsten Sherwood and Patrick Stevenson-Keating – to respond to a brief set by Deyan Sudjic, the Director of the Design Museum. For […]

Final symposium of the ADAM project — [video]

You can now watch the different talks of the ADAM final symposium online (this research project involved Annie Gentès & François Huguet from our Lab). The research program ADAM (Distributed Architectures and Multimedia Applications) studied the technical, political, social, socio-cultural and legal implications of distributed network architectures. This term indicates a type of network bearing […]


Context: e-learning again? The emergence of the Internet has opened up many opportunities for distance learning. Hundreds of initiatives have been launched either by institutions involved in formal learning or by organizations interested by unformal learning These platforms either complete face to face classes or operate in total autonomy. Introducing such a platform in a learning situation fundamentally changes […]

CityWall: an interactive communicating wall

A research project with ZINC/Friche Belle de Mai (Marseille), Seconde Nature (Aix-en-Provence), Ecole Supérieure d’Art d’Aix-en-Provence, Digital Deluxe, FING and Telecom Paris-Tech. Inspired by the CityWall of Helsinki Institute for Information Technology, the CityWall is a social and poetic experiment taking place in Marseille and Aix-en-Provence. The research project addresses the issue of augmented cities […]

Dispositifs innovants, nouvelles médiations pour l’exposition Monet 2010

L’exposition rétrospective “Claude Monet – 1840 – 1926” a ouvert ses portes aux galeries nationales du grand palais depuis le 22 septembre 2010. Cette manifestation est co-produite par la Réunion des Musées Nationaux et le Musée d’Orsay. Le Conseil pour la Création Artistique (CCA) a sollicité le département audiovisuel/multimédia de la Réunion des Musées Nationaux […]

Ubimedia-Bells Labs Application Research

  Researching Application Research: my Stay with the Application Research Department in Alcatel Lucent Bell Labs “It is the framework which changes with each new technology and not just the picture within the frame”. Marshall McLuhan “Application” research is one the trickiest fields as it relies on technologies that are to be identified, analyzed, not […]