About us

The Project

The international pioneer in the aerospace industry and a leader in designing, manufacturing and delivering aerospace products, services and solutions to customers on a global scale. The 134,000 people employing and €64 billion a year (2018) in revenue generating Airbus has commissioned the project behind the information on this website.

Aalto University is a multidisciplinary community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. The 12,000 full-time degree student University works closely with businesses to provide students with real-life challenges in different projects during their studies. The Product Development Project course is run in collaboration with the Aalto Design Factory.

Aalto University’s PdP course has been running for 24 years. The course follows a problem-based learning methodology. The challenges the teams face on the course are given and sponsored by industry partners, who are searching for innovative cooperation with the next generation of product developers. Work on the course is done in global interdisciplinary teams, where part of the team is based in Finland and part of the team based in a partnering university anywhere around the world. The home base for the project is the pioneering co-creation project of Aalto University, the Aalto Design Factory.

Our Team

The team working on this project is Team Sky Crew. We are five people based in Finland and four people based in Portugal. Within the multidisciplinary team, we have people from four different nationalities and study backgrounds in Design, Business and Engineering. We treasure our diverse backgrounds and understand the value that we as a team bring to the table to come up with innovative ideas. We are open-minded, transparent and responsible. We treat each other with trust, respect, honour and uphold good communication.

Our Journey

After the initiation process of the project, we started with desk research to understand our project better. We needed to understand what co-creation actually is and we needed to get familiar with what we need to take into account when designing a space, especially since no one in the team had experience in designing spaces. Parallel with the desk research we ran an accelerated iteration of a full product development process in the project to gather ideas and get familiar with the process we would follow for the rest of the academic year.

We visited several locations in Finland, Portugal and Germany. With these visits, we got to understand what a tech centre is, what can be achieved with spatial design and what limitations we would have in the project. We got to see a new building made for a big company to get the several different departments of the company under the same roof, we got to see how an ecosystem of focused companies forms and works in a tech centre and to conduct user research in a tech centre where Airbus operates in and we got to see how co-creation has different meanings for different companies.

We also ran multiple workshops with different settings, for different situations and needs. Some workshops were run within the team and some with outside parties that had expertise in managing spaces. In the workshops, we ideated to define the problems we had in the project – ideated solutions for those problems and ideated ways to prototype and test the solutions for the problems. Basically almost all of the work that the team has done in this project has been more or less co-creation work done with design thinking methods following product development processes.

In the second half of the project, we carried on following the standard product development process. Problem definition, solution ideation, prototyping, prototype testing and taking the feedback back to the design process became familiar in a constant rotation. We did a deep-dive on our studies and research so far and took some of that further to generate the necessary data for this guide. The guide takes into attention the challenges that the team found that were presented in the interaction design, spatial design and service design aspects of the project, where a space dedicated to co-creation is designed to be created in a tech centre in order to enable and support innovation through collaboration in the tech centre by the means of co-creation.

A lot of the academic background for this project is founded in the studies conducted by Aalto Design Factory, where co-creation has been researched in practice since 2008 and in its predecessing research, Future Lab of Product Design. The rest of the information is from the team’s work between October 2019 and May 2020. By clicking the picture on the left, you can view the visual guide book “Guide For Co-Creation Space” that we made.