Dark Matter Lab

Dark Matter Lab is a design research laboratory and strategic design practice at the school of Design and Human Engineering (DHE) in the Ulsan National Institute of Science and technology (UNIST). We work with various stakeholders with an aim to help create strategic alternatives for more sustainable future of our society.

Our approach

The world is changing faster each day, and the conventional top-down approaches with quantitative mindset is failing to address big picture challenges of today, such as climate change, waste management, or ageing. We begin with identifying lived experiences and wishes of real people, and expand these insights towards the visible and invisible systems around us. In doing so, we build immediately applicable ideas for public service and policy, as well as speculative scenarios to inform government’s strategic decision making.

The kinds of work we pursue:

Recent works by the director:

Keywords: #empathy #systemsthinking #strategicdesign #designforpolicy #sustainability