Prof. dr. ir. Desmet, P.M.A.

Professor of Design for Experience
Department Industrial Design, section Design Aesthetics

Biography

Prof. Pieter Desmet is full professor of Design for Experience at the Department of Human-Centered Design. His main research interest is in understanding why and how design evokes emotion, and how design can contribute to the well-being of individual users and communities. He supervises a research group that studies various aspects of user experience, and he chairs the ‘Delft Institute of Positive Design’ (see www.diopd.org), an initiative to stimulate the development of knowledge that supports designers in their attempts to design for human flourishing. Desmet is chairman of the International Design and Emotion society (see www.designandemotion.org),  partner of Emotion Studio (see www.emotion.studio), and  initiator of the Global Positive Design Initiative. He published over 150 scientific (journal) papers, book chapters, and books on a variety of aspects of experience-driven design, reaching an audience of both scholars and practitioners. Besides his research, he contributes to local community projects, such as a recently developed sensory wellness neighbourhood park, and a cultural Rotterdam-based “House of Happiness.”

Education

  • 2002: Doctoral degree, Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, TU Delft
  • 1996: Master of Science degree, Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, TU Delft

Experience

  • Since 2012
    Full professor of Design for Experience, Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, TU Delft
  • Sep 2008 - 2012
    Associate Professor, Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, TU Delft
  • Jul - Aug 2007
    Guest Assistant Professor, Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
  • Jan 2005 – Jul 2007
    Guest researcher and research advisor, Air France – KLM
  • Feb - Jun 2007
    Guest Assistant Professor, Hong Kong Polytechnic University of Technology
  • Feb - Jun 2004
    Guest researcher and research advisor, Procter & Gamble Research
  • Jul 2002 - Aug 2008
    Assistant Professor, Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, TU Delft

Specialisation / field of research

design for emotion and subjective well-being; measuring user experience; conceptual design

Lectures and/or coaches students on:

  • Conceptual design
  • Experience-driven design
  • Design for well-being

Involved in the research project(s):

Books


Positive design: Delft students design for our well-being

Desmet, P.M.A.
ISBN: 978 94 6186 912 8
Available in pdf

Published in 2018


Positive Design

Desmet, P.M.A. 
ISBN: 978 94 6186 183 2
Available in pdf

Published in 2013


From Floating Wheelchairs to Mobile Car Parks: A Collection of 35 Experience-Driven Design Projects

Pieter Desmet, Rick Schifferstein 
ISBN: 978 90 5931 612 6

Published in 2011


Design & Emotion Moves

Desmet, P.M.A., van Erp, J., & Karlsson, M.A.

Published in 2008

 


Enriching Experiences

Desmet, P.M.A., van Erp, J., & Hu, C.

Published in 2008


The World According to Concrete

Aaron Betsky, Gustav Beumer, Pieter Desmet, Timo de Rijk
ISBN: 978-9056624835

Published in 2007


Designing Emotions (doctoral thesis)

Desmet, P.M.A. 

Published in 2002