There are many kinds of design approaches : « space designers » create new places to live in, « sound designers » create new experiences to hear, « food designers » create new tastes, « graphic designers » create new signs and symbols to see, and « digital designers » create new interfaces to navigate into the digital world.
iGEM Pasteur Paris team integrates industrial designers from ENSCI-Les Ateliers. Industrial design is a creative discipline that aims to produce innovative solutions in order to solve contemporary issues in various fields: health, well-being, energy, mobility, habitat, food, etc. When designing new products or services, designers apply a user-centric approach that integrates several notions such as usages, ergonomics, industrial processes, technologies, social, cultural, environmental and economic aspects. Taking into account all these parameters allows designers to conceive solutions that address the targeted issues in a relevant way and that benefit to the user.
Nowadays, industrial design is evolving. To address problems in a more and more complex and accurate way, industrial designers are getting closer to science by working with scientists and by settling in the labs. Our team is a good example of these new ways to co-create tomorrow’s innovations.
Despite promising opportunities offered by these new cooperations, designers and scientists do not have the same cultures, languages, tools, etc., that prevents these collaborations from reaching their full potential. To overcome these issues, we shared and thought design tools and methodologies with our teammates in order to build a common ground for understanding and co-creation. Once done, we followed the subsequent process :