Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering
'Blended learning will remain the ideal model for me'
Associate Professor Giulia Calabretta was elected the 2017 Best Lecturer at Delft University of Technology by a jury consisting of students and former winners. What makes her teaching so special? And what makes the field of strategic design so valuable?
‘Service design without technology is no longer an option’
Dirk Snelders is professor of Organising Product and Service Development. At IDE his research focuses primarily on the future of service design. In 2011 he published articles with PhD student Fernando Secomandi about the essence of service design. As it turns out, Snelders was years ahead of his time.
Design for a circular economy
How do you keep a product that has minimum impact on the environment but high economic value in circulation for as long as possible? For that, you have to look beyond just the design and start looking at value drivers and business models. After working at Philips for 25 years, Ruud Balkenende has now been professor of circular product design since 2015.
Can things design things?
All objects that we use on a daily basis are connected to each other and designers should be conscious of that. That’s the point of departure of the Connected Everyday Lab of Elisa Giaccardi, Professor and Chair of Interactive Media Design. She studied philosophy in Turin (Italy), but soon found herself immersed in the world of new media, interaction and design.
Passengers at the centre for enhancing flight experience
Increasingly more people are choosing to go on holiday by air, often resulting in long queues, delays and annoyed passengers. Although we must guard against the fallacy that science can solve all problems with overcrowded airports, researchers from the Faculty of IDE are certainly doing their bit.
A conversation about informal care always feels premature, until it is too late...
'You think to yourself: we'll do that over the Christmas holidays, or on a rainy day. Inevitably, however, you end up too busy doing other things.' Talking to your parents in a timely manner about their care situation in the future is very difficult. But it is important, as a lot of things can come at the same time when parents suddenly need care. Researcher Eefje Ernst designed and tested a method that helps families and informal caregivers on this front.