Home – The Design Policy Lab

The Design Policy Lab is a research lab at the Design Department of the Politecnico di Milano.
It works on design + policy focusing on researching, implementing,
and evaluating policy through design and design through policy.
The lab is an initiative connected with the project Design For Europe.


The Design Policy Beacon
beacon teaser image

It is an evidence-based resource for policymakers/researchers/designers that creates knowledge on the field of ‘design+policy’ through data visualisation developed by Polimi with the support of Design For Europe.

DeEP - Design in European Policy

It has aimed at promoting, nurturing and mainstreaming an evaluation culture into European Innovation Policies, with a special focus on design policy. The overall objective has been to create an understanding of the impact of design innovation policies by building frameworks and indicators to evaluate these actions both at a macro (regional, national, European) and micro (specific initiative) level.


On 12.12.16 the Danish Design Centre, in collaboration with Copenhagen Business School’s Public-Private Platform, organized an event called “Policy Experimentation by Design”.  Representatives of the Design Policy Lab were invited within a select group of policy makers, public managers and academics to discuss how the landscape of design practice and research is changing toward design for policy. For us it was […]

During the 2016 summit “Powering Innovation”, Design For Europe and The Design Policy Lab have launched an open “Call To Engagement”, to ask the design community to contribute to The Design Policy Beacon. A couple of months after the summit, we would like to open this Call online to the European design community at large. If you […]

“A reform is not a reform before there are citizens that experience something different” Mette Frederiksen, Former Danish Minister of Employment On 17th and 18th October 2016 the Design Policy Lab @ Polimi has taken part to the ‘Lab Connections’ event organized by the Eu Policy Lab at the JRC in Brussels. The main aim […]

The Design Policy Lab is opening a full-time 3 months internship position for students. Applicants should send an email to, with the following documents attached: CV (italian or english); Motivation letter (focusing on why you are interested to work on design for policy); Portfolio of projects (optional). The candidate must be proficient in written […]

A recent report titled “Public policy labs in European Union Member States” has been published. It has been commissioned by the JRC of the European Commission, the European Commission’s science and knowledge service, which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy. Two French organizations […]

The results of the workshop “Design Policy in Action – The model of the Luxembourg Design Action Group”, are now available online. The event took place in March at MUDAM, the Museum of Modern Art in Luxembourg, and was organised as part of Design for Europe. Ambassadors from Slovenia, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland and Portugal […]

ItalianEnglish Il Design Policy Beacon è un progetto dai contenuti complessi: gran parte degli sforzi del Lab sono perciò rivolti nel sintetizzare e comunicare quegli stessi contenuti. Con questo obiettivo, ed in vista del primo evento organizzato dal Lab per presentare il progetto, abbiamo prodotto un breve video di suggestione sul Design Policy Beacon, i suoi valori […]

Load more