Knowledge Media Design Institute (KMDI)

The Knowledge Media Design Institute works at the frontier of design and technology, concerned with the ever-evolving interaction between humans and technology. Its mission is to carry out research and education that will inform the design of devices, systems, and applications to enhance and ameliorate the role of humans in a world of embedded, supporting, and sometimes controlling, technologies. KMDI approaches this role from a multidisciplinary, collaborative, and human-centred perspective, combining science, technology, arts and design in its response to technological opportunity and change.

The Knowledge Media Design Institute (KMDI) is an interdisciplinary unit of the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto. Founded in 1996 by Professor Ron Baecker, the institute is U of T’s first virtual institute to deal with interdisciplinary issues of collaborative design in the artifacts of knowledge creation, production and distribution.  Representing over 25 units across three campuses of the university, KMDI was launched in 1997.

In 2002, the Institute became involved in teaching with the introduction of a Collaborative Program in Knowledge Media Design. The Collaborative Program in Knowledge Media Design offers an interdisciplinary specialization to a regular departmental degree program.

Today, our researchers and students explore, design, and critique the knowledge media that enable people to communicate, create, learn, share, and collaborate. The current director, Professor Mark Chignell, along with a distinguished executive committee work with faculty, students, and alumni from over twenty-five departments and eleven faculties. The KMDI community also extends to research and business in the public and private sectors to develop new projects.


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