RISE Interactive Umeå

The Umeå studio of RISE Interactive drives design research and innovation for Transformative Practices.

This means that we take our partners and clients into a journey that will support them in formulating their most pressing questions and challenges and tackle them, through prototyping possible futures. Such prototyping can have many different forms: for instance interactive prototypes that propose new products and systems, to interactive installations that tweak the common understanding of how things are and suggest how they could be. We train our partners in navigating the complexity of their challenges and to prototype risk in a safe environment.


This studio works therefore in the design space that goes from projects, to programs, to practices, and addresses how paradigms can be changed, through design.

We work on individual projects that tackle a specific elements of a desired transformation; we connect the dots between these projects, to build programs that that provide new knowledge about systemic approaches on those transformations.

The values that we build on, start from strong ethical considerations and work with the aim of tackling big challenges and designing a better future for humans and other beings living on this planet.


Our lab and studio is located in Scharinska Villan and we drive, together with the RISE Innovation office, the design ecosystem ThePink. ThePink is the new RISE design driven ecosystem for prototyping sustainable futures, where applied research for society is carried out. It is a platform for spearhead innovation and sustainable social transformation, located in the centre of Northern Scandinavia, Umeå. The Pink is an experiential window towards the future, where prototyping risk and navigating complexity are everyday practices. Making, creating and exploring are key to the activities here in The Pink: skills, knowledge and facilities for these practices are provided.

This ecosystem is part of RISE (Research Institutes of Sweden) and, as such, has relationships to both public and private sectors, with connections to cultural institutions, academia, NGOs, industry and SME’s in the region, nationally and internationally.

For more information, see www.thepink.se


In terms of research, our work primarily intends to impact the Interaction Design (IxD), Design Research and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) communities. Our research focus is prototype-oriented, in that our projects do not only seek to contribute new knowledge but also typically involve designing and implementing new artifacts or services that can be experienced and used directly.



Martina Bambi
martina.bambi [at] ri.se

Ronald Helgers
Interaction Designer
+46 72 889 82 50
ronald.helgers [at] ri.se

Olov Långström
Software developer
olov.langstrom [at] ri.se

Fredrik Nilbrink
Senior Software Developer
+46 70 6952065
fredrik.nilbrink [at] ri.se

Nigel Papworth
Senior Interaction Designer
+46 70 662 79 00
nigel.papworth [at] ri.se

Jeroen Peeters
Senior Design Researcher
+46 70 298 56 30
jeroen.peeters [at] ri.se

Ambra Trotto
Studio Director, Dr. Arch.
+46 72 527 90 91
ambra.trotto [at] ri.se

Rosa van der Veen
Junior Design Researcher
rosa.v.d.veen [at] ri.se

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Hummels, C. C. M. and Trotto, Ambra (2013) Hephaestus and the senses. In: CHI '13 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA '13), Paris, France.

Marti, P. and Trotto, Ambra and Hummels, C. C. M. and Peeters, J. (2013) Instilling cultural values through bodily engagement with human rights. In: Proceedings of CHItaly, 16-19 September 2013, Trento, Italy.

Nemer, D. and Gross, S. and True, N. (2013) Materializing digital inequalities: the digital artifacts of the marginalized in Brazil. In: the Sixth International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD2013), 7-10 December 2013, Cape Town, South Africa.

Peeters, Jeroen (2013) The Aesthetic Experience in Interactive Lighting Design. In: The CHI 2013 Workshop Interactive City Lighting, CHI 2013, April 27 - May 2, Paris, France.

Trotto, Ambra and Fallman, Daniel (2013) Shaping the Absence An Architectural Perspective for Interaction Design. In: ASDR 2013, The 5th World Conference on Design Research, 16-30 August 2013, Tokyo, Japan.

Trotto, Ambra and Hummels, Caroline (2013) Designing in Skills Nurturing Personal Engagement in Design. In: IASDR 2013, 26-30 August 2013, Tokyo, Japan.

Trotto, Ambra and Hummels, Caroline (2013) Engage me do. Engagement Catalysers to ignite a (Design) Conversation. In: DPPI 2013, the 6th international conference on Designing Pleasurable Products and Interfaces, 3-5 September 2013, Newcastle, UK.

True, Nic and Papworth, Nigel and Zarin, Ru and Peeters, Jeroen and Nilbrink, Fredrik and Lindbergh, Kent and Fallman, Daniel and Lind, Anders (2013) The Voice Harvester: An Interactive Installation. In: CHI 2013, Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Paris, France.

True, Nic and Peeters, Jeroen and Fallman, Daniel (2013) Confabulation in the Time of Transdisciplinarity: Reflection on HCI Education and a Call for Conversation. In: HCI International 2013: the 15th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (vol 1), 21-26 July 2013, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

Zarin, Ru and True, Nic and Papworth, Nigel and Lindbergh, Kent and Fallman, Daniel (2013) Be Green: Implementing an Interactive, Cylindrical Display in the Real World. In: Proceedings of PerDis '13, Proceedings of the 2nd ACM International Symposium on Pervasive Displays, 4-5 June 2013, Mountain View, California, USA.

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