How can we create new knowledge by engaging with wider audiences? How can we shed light on an area of study by distilling our insights in a way that makes them more accessible?

For researchers it is pivotal to ask these questions today, especially within increasingly global connected academic community. The only question is: how to do it?


Peak15 was founded by Sigrid Schmeisser to bridge the gap between science, communication and design to make research visible. Design can be used as a tool throughout the research process to create initial probes and prototypes to a finalised product in the end aimed to reach beyond academic audiences. Collaborations with researchers may result in identities, exhibitions, websites, apps.


The selected projects demonstrate how researchers and designers can benefit from collaborating with each other, pushing the boundaries of both disciplines.



Research projects I have worked on have been exhibited by the researchers at the Tate London (Geopact), TheLighthouse & The Engine Shed (Housing2040), Edinburgh Science Festival (Beelines), Edinburgh Arts Festival (Artcasting and DI Pavilion), Dutch Design Week/Click Drive NL Festival (Resourceful Ageing).


Selected Clients List

Chris Speed, Jane MacDonald, Bettina Nissen,
Dave-Murray Rust & Ella Tallyn
Design Informatics

Creative Informatics (Partnership of Universities and Industry partners funded by AHRC)
Edinburgh University
Napier University
Creative Edinburgh

Elisa Giaccardi & Iohanna Nicenboim
TU Delft with partners from Avans Hogeschool and Philips Design

Collective Architecture, ESALA Edinburgh, Chris Leslie
Housing 2040 project commissioned by A&DS Scotland
Scottish Government

Sonia Matos
M-ITI Madeira

Sian Bayne, Jen Ross, Pete Evans, Claire Sowton
Centre for Digital Education

Kate Carter
University of Edinburgh (Architecture)

Rebecca Marsland
University of Edinburgh (Anthropology)

Andrea Hamilton
University of Strathclyde

David Farrier
University of Edinburgh (Literature)

Alexia Holt and Andrew Patrizio
The Little Sparta Trust