The Design Research Lab is a laboratory for experimental design and research reflecting on the digital society. Through playful interventions, critical making and collaborative reasoning we investigate possible futures. As a platform and network, we are deeply involved with the requirements and policies needed for an inclusive and sustainable development of the digital society from a design perspective.

We are an interdisciplinary team of designers, researchers, tech-enthusiasts and critical thinkers from Berlin University of the Arts, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society, as well as Einsteincenter Digital Future (ECDF).



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Gallico, T. and Joost, G. , (2020), Inciting Engagement and Collaboration Through Interaction Design: An Urban Transport Systems Digitisation Case Study
Vogelsang, A., Foraita, S., and Herlo, B (Eds.), (2020), Matters of communication
Dietze, M. & Wuschitz, S., (2020), Strategien queer-feministischer Hack-Kollektive
Christensen, M. & Conradi, F., (2020), Algorithmic Aristocracy, Biased Biometrics and Compromised Code
Christensen, M., Conradi, F., (2020), Krise des Seins
Bieling, Tom (Ed.), (2019), Design (&) Activism: Perspectives on Design As Activism and Activism As Design
Herlo, B., (2019), Social Living Labs. Co-designing public and political deliberation
Bieling, Tom & Joost, Gesche, (2019), Gestaltung und Verantwortung: Positionsbestimmung einer sozialverantwortlichen Technikentwicklung
Herlo, B., Pierri, P., and Schubert, J. , (2019), Civic Design Through the Lens of Social Living Labs
Herlo, B. & Joost, G., (2019), Design for civil society. The model project Citizens connect neighborhoods – community development harnesses digital transformation
Bieling, Tom (Ed.) , (2019), Gender (&) Design: Positionen zur Vergeschlechtlichung in Gestaltungskulturen
Christensen, M., Conradi, F., and Joost, G., (2019), DIY/DIT Development – New Spaces, Modes and Materials
Christensen, M. & Conradi, F., (2019), Hacking Body Politics – Tackling the Technical Tropes
Wuschiz, S. , (2019), Feminist Hackerspaces: When the Private gets Political
Bieling, Tom, (2019), Linguistik und Gestaltung – Zur Sprache des Designs und dem Design der Sprache
Gaved, M., Calderón Lüning, E., Unteidig, A. et al. , (2019), Power, roles and adding value: reflecting on the challenges of bridging across research and action on an international community networking project