The design center

Experimental and innovative, the Design Spot weaves design into the scientific, technological and entrepreneurial fabric of the Paris-Saclay cluster.


About us

Founded in 2017, the Design Spot is the design center of Université Paris-Saclay, a group of world-class institutions located at the heart of a major innovation ecosystem.

Our aim is to support students, researchers and entrepreneurs in their R&D projects by providing them with design expertise so they can meet the expectations of tomorrow’s society. The Design Spot organizes multidisciplinary workshops and holds meetings, conferences and master classes with the aim of promoting the design disciplines throughout the Paris-Saclay ecosystem.

Since 2018, the center has been running the Prix Design & Science, an educational contest that brings together design and engineering students each year to develop an innovative project based on a social theme.



The Design Spot provides laboratories, researchers and engineers with the necessary resources to connect research projects with functions and markets through design.



The Design Spot makes Université Paris-Saclay students and faculty more familiar with the discipline and encourages them to integrate design into their projects.


The Design Spot fulfills a research mission, promoting design research and reflection on the discipline itself.

A word from the Director

The union of design and science represents the future of our society and our economy; it is this union that will shape the quality of our lives in the future. Read more…

“Design humanizes technologies: it makes them “desirable” by connecting them to people’s needs and practices and thereby giving them meaning. But design not only produces meaning, it adds pleasure to the use, sight, feel, sound, and understanding of things. It is this artistic dimension that makes it so effective and persuasive. There is nothing that makes industry and commerce work better than the combination of utility and desire, and design exists to deliver this “desirability.” My goal is for The Design Spot to ensure that, thanks to design, the university’s students and researchers are better equipped to solve the increasingly complex issues they have to face.”


Vincent Créance, director of the Design Spot



270 m² dedicated to creativity and innovation

The Design Spot includes a fully modular coworking and presentation space, a workshop with rapid prototyping facilities and many creative ressources.

Coworking area

A fully adjustable and versatible work space



A collaborative design and prototyping workshop


Getting here


Located on the Plateau de Saclay, within the Nano-INNOV site, the design center is easily accessible by road or public transport.

Ligne B or C, Massy-Palaiseau Station then bus 91.06 to Corbeville stop.

Plan your itinerary

Line 91.06, 91.08 or 91.10, Corbeville stop

Bus schedules

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Free parking is available at the entrance of the Nano-INNOV site.

The Design Spot is accessible to people with reduced mobility.


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Université Paris-Saclay – Design Spot
Espace Technologique – Immeuble Discovery
Route de l’Orme aux Merisiers
91190 Saint-Aubin – France

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