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Innovation Studio


Industry-engagement and our strong maker culture puts collaboration at the heart of everything we do.


Building a customer-led design configuration tool. Supported by European Regional Development Funding (ERDF).

Ruhm is a start-up company based in Dorset that create design-led pre-fabricated spaces for outside the home. Based on a brand ethos which promotes the ‘live work movement ®’, Ruhm were looking for digital design support to build the brand and launch an interactive design configuration website that clearly communicated the benefits of their spaces and the ethos behind them.

Ruhm wanted a full-service provision, from concept artwork to website build and launch. In order to facilitate this, creative agency Templo were brought on board to manage the whole project.

Fifteen teams from final year BA (Hons) Graphic Design responded to the brief, pitching their ideas to Templo and the teaching team.

The best five were taken forward to a live-pitch with Ruhm and the winning team had their design taken on by Templo for concept development.

AUB Staff: Marion Morrison and Phil Jones

European Regional Development Funds

This project is supported through match-funding by the England European Regional Development Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. This fund was established by the European Union to help local areas stimulate their economic development. This investment will help to support innovation, businesses, skills and employment to improve local growth and create jobs. For more information visit

Explore the Innovation Studio

Innovation Studio, photographed by Richard Bryant. Photo of an exterior wall with two reverse-L shaped windows and three semi-circle panels visible. A person walks past towards the right.


The Innovation Studio operates as a lab for creative technologies, a nucleus for start-ups and enterprises and an industry engagement hub.

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Events and workshops

A series of workshops and lectures for industry professionals to develop innovation and creative capabilities.

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Take a look at some of our recent collaborative projects with external partners and businesses

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Associate Programme

Our Associate Programme offers membership of our Innovation Studio to regional businesses seeking research and development support.

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Pre Start-Up Programme

Our Pre Start-Up Programme offers membership for creative individuals or businesses looking to develop new products or services.

Innovation Studio, photographed by Richard Bryant. Photo of an interior space, with several people sat working at tables. A rectangle-shaped railing is in the middle of the room.

Creative Technologies

The Innovation Studio features state-of-the-art equipment and digital resources, and the latest manufacturing technology.