What does Innovation Studio do?The Innovation Studio thinks beyond the arts. However, we do design our products and services from an artistic perspective. Along with regional, national and international businesses and organisations, we work on creative solutions to social problems – in the hope of really bringing about change.
We link the projects as far as possible to HKU’s education and research. For students, it provides a good opportunity to use their creativity outside the arts, and thus discover new professional fields.
How do we do it?To solve social problems, it’s necessary to change behaviour. The goal of The Innovation Studio is to change users’ behaviour through user-centred design, by designing desired behaviour, stimulating intrinsic motivation or circumventing blocked perceptions. More and more often, Innovation Studio does so by showing a view of the future in ‘provotypes’; concepts that get users thinking and prompt discussion. The underlying idea is ‘Don’t talk about the future, but illustrate it’.
Design thinkingThe Innovation Studio uses design thinking, which is a collaborative process for gaining a better understanding of users and devising a product based on that understanding. This unusual design process focuses on users and involves them in the process at an early stage. By making inexpensive concepts quickly, and testing and improving them with users, risk factors in a project are removed as early as possible.
The Innovation Studio is part of the HKU Expertise Centre for Research and Innovation.