The research project is part of the research initiative Craft Design Research Lab between the National Institute of Design and the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts - Art and Design. The project
The project inquires into the role of crafts and crafts people in establishing new social relationships - e.g. among previously hostile social groups. Of particular interest is the link between crafts and design, especially if and how craftspeople make use of design thinking. Expected results of this project include insights into the boundaries of design and crafts but also into the social innovation capacity of crafts that tend to be overlooked. The project promises to foster new knowledge about human-centered design which in Switzerland like in most developed countries is discussed in the context of industry and business, yet in countries like India crafts have a greater role in design studies. The partnership between the NID and the School of Design provides a much-needed bridge of design studies in two very different cultures.