Ergonomidesign is Sweden's oldest established full service design studio. Founded in 1969 when Design Gruppen merged with Ergonomidesign, they have a long history of releasing award-winning human-centered design solutions based on a strong philosophy of user-centered innovation espoused by the founders.
Housed in a former missionary school in Bromma, a suburb of Stockholm, their space is as inspiring as it must have been designed - soaring ceilings, high rose windows, a sense that here is a home for grounding the beliefs and values that underpin their work.
Ergonomidesign has a unique corporate structure, one that Krister Torssell, their Managing Director, believes enhances the firm's ability to better serve their clients and nimbly execute projects. Around 40% of Ergonomi's 60 strong staff are owner/managers, empowered to run their client projects as they deem fit, acting almost like a network of smaller design studio teams, yet fitting within the auspices of the larger whole. This structure seems to give them all the benefits of a small design studio as well as the advantages of being the largest full service organization that they are - an unusual and effective way of dealing with the challenges of growth faced by the majority of design studios. This flexibility also allows them to offer their clients just the right size teams and capabilities that any specific project requires.
Winners of the most Red Dot design awards ever, here are some photographs of their displays and office space.
After 30 odd years in the global design industry opening doors to new and frontier markets through exploratory user research, concept design, and innovation strategies, Niti returned to academia as a student to pursue a PhD in Product Development at Aalto University's Design Factory. Her dissertation looks at the contribution of design methods to foster agency and capacity for innovation as a resilience strategy to shocks at the micro-level of the individual. Her research approach has expanded the multidisciplinary lens of viability, feasibility, and desirability to a transdisciplinary one where participants generate the actionable knowledge for their own innovation pathways.