The CENTER for DESIGN INNOVATION is a multi-campus research center of the University of North Carolina system. Part laboratory, part workshop and part convening space, the Center is a visual gateway to a newly emerging Winston-Salem and the greater Piedmont Triad Region. Located in the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, the Center is a new kind of incubator engine powering people across a region long known for its innovations in manufacturing and the arts, the Center works broadly with academic, business, and local community organizations along with its founding partners Winston-Salem State University; UNC School of the Arts; and Forsyth Technical Community College. The CENTER FOR DESIGN INNOVATION building provides 24,000 square feet of lab, learning, and convening spaces that are designed to support state-of-the-art creative, technical, entrepreneurial, and design thinking activities.
RESEARCH AND LEARNING PLATFORMSCultivating Innovation: From a maker's curiosity to an entrepreneur's invention, the Center welcomes lifelong learners to explore new creative and technical skills.
Digital Manufacturing: The Center provides access to technologies and processes for the expanding knowledge required for next generation design and manufacturing.
Computational Thinking in Design: The Center is a networked "building as platform" designed to support ambitious, field-expanding, leading-edge discovery and innovation in computational media, creativity and cognition from immersive performance to augmented reality and data visualization.
LaunchPAD: The Center is a platform that closes the gap between great ideas and their realization by providing communal space, mentoring and forums for knowledge exchange.