The Center for Design Innovation is a multi-campus research center of the UNC system founded to generate knowledge across creative, disciplinary, and institutional boundaries. Recognizing that innovative ideas most often emerge when novel combinations of people come together, The Center for Design Innovation works with our founding partners, UNC School of the Arts, and Technical Community College, to nurture a radically collaborative design research community. CDI establishes and sustains substantive inter-institutional, interdisciplinary, and inter-sectoral programs that bring faculty and students of all ages and disciplines into diverse experiences to develop meaningful solutions to compelling, relevant contemporary challenges. Programs include workshops, seminars, interdisciplinary classes and sustained research projects. Experiences at CDI create and stretch the capacities of technology and understanding. Current themes of investigation are: Design for Innovative Education, Design for Just and Sustainable Communities, and Research at the Intersection of Art and Science.