Design for Society
Book chapter, 2022

This chapter presents the “Design for Society” concept and provides a backdrop for the papers included as chapters in this section of the book. We suggest that the Design for Society concept can be viewed as an umbrella for a range of concepts related to how we can leverage the principles of design research and practice to create holistic solutions to societal challenges. Design can drive societal innovation, and the collection of papers we have compiled below focus on how design can enable society to become more equitable and inclusive. Our hope is that this chapter and the subsequent chapters might inspire design practitioners and researchers to learn from and build on each other’s ideas - as opposed to reinventing the wheel or even making the same mistake, so that we may move forward in tackling our societal challenges and achieving the UN SDGs.

Design for change



Design for society

Design for all

Societal challenges


Sara Gancho

IADE - Universidade Europeia

Isabel Farinha

IADE - Universidade Europeia

Robin Teigland

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Entrepreneurship and Strategy

Paula Trigueiros

University of Minho

Teresa Franqueira

University of Aveiro

Nuno Sá Leal

IADE - Universidade Europeia

Springer Series in Design and Innovation

26618184 (ISSN) 26618192 (eISSN)


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Human Aspects of ICT



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