Delft Design Stories
A new home for the Black-backed GullThe complicated relationship between humans and gulls is resulting in a declining gull population. A major cause is the disappearing wasteland in the port of Rotterdam, home to the bird. IDE student Joanna van der Leun designed a nest for the gulls which can be installed on the roof of harbour sheds. This protects them from weather and foes, and keeps them away from the city.
12 October 2019
The power of conscious decision making“I believe this has the potential for change in our daily lives.” When Marina Bos-de Vos, researcher at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at Delft University of Technology, talks about the results of her research, her eyes light up. “Creativity can have a tremendous impact on society. But creative professionals often lose themselves along the way. If they can start to make conscious decisions about their business, their position will only get stronger. And then all those creative solutions, user-friendly designs and sustainable buildings will have an even bigger positive impact.”
03 May 2019
Sustainability is a verbBefore we buy them, our products go through several phases where value is added to them. From cars and washing machines, to laptops and smartphones. Every product starts as a collection of raw materials. These have to be extracted first, after which a series of complex refining, manufacturing and transport processes start. Resources become materials, materials become parts, parts become products.
Professors Conny Bakker and Ruth Mugge talk about sustainability in design.
13 March 2019
The Future of CashIgo Boerrigter, master student at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at TU Delft, was commissioned by De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB), the central bank of the Netherlands, to analyse the current use of cash. Based on this analysis he made recommendations for a sustainable, usable and affordable cash system for the future. He also devised a more user-friendly alternative to coins.
15 January 2019
The unexplored dimensions of renewable energySolar power is a great way to produce renewable energy and provide off-the-grid areas in the world with electrification. The question is how solar powered energy systems can work on a local level. To gain insight on this, Abhigyan Singh studied energy exchanges in two rural villages in India and discovered that this goes beyond just monetary gain.
01 November 2018
The role of designers within social roboticsRobotics has been a hot topic for a few years now, especially social robotics. As part of her Honours Programme Master project, SPD student Josefien Scholtes researches the rise of social robotics, and the important role designers could have in this.
29 August 2018
An art and a scienceWhat does it mean to be an industrial designer? Michiel Cremers recently graduated from with a Master’s degree at Industrial Design Engineering. He made a short movie about his experiences and development during his graduation process, where he designed a new helmet for jetfighter pilots.
29 May 2018
A beautiful alarm beside your hospital bedIn hospitals, sounds, beeps and other noises constantly tell staff and patients what’s going on; up to 700 alarm signals a day, or once every two minutes. But only about 2% of these signals require actual attention or direct action. This can lead to'‘alarm fatigue'. How do we solve this?
Delft Design Stories
Read the stories of researchers and students at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, and discover the scientific questions on which they work and the solutions they present.
A breakthrough in 3D printingAlthough 3D printing may sound futuristic and creative, results so far have often been rather recti-linear. Chengkai Dai just obtained his PhD at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at TU Delft for his work on a new method of 3D printing, which might just become the standard practice.
Talking the walk: tailored healthcareHospitals want happy and satisfied patients. And they need them, because healthcare is a competitive market. Especially when it comes to non-life threatening procedures, public hospitals face serious competition from private clinics, where there is an increasing focus on the patient experience, or the ‘patient journey’ as it is called. But how do you create the right patient experience and good, manageable tailored care? Bob Groeneveld researched this question using one common procedure as an example: a total hip replacement.
Personalised games help kids with mental health disordersMental health disorders are the leading cause of disability in children and adolescents. In fact, 30% of young people suffer from such disorders. And while traditional therapies are effective, there is still room for improvement in treatment approaches. For her PhD, Marierose Heineken-van Dooren set out to research how personalised gamification can be used to enhance the implementation of eHealth therapy in youth mental healthcare.
Designing to solve large-scale problems? Learn from Leonardo da VinciIt sounds so good - industrial design engineering for a better world. However, these designs need to address a complex reality. Doctoral candidate Wouter Kersten has been investigating a method that would map this complexity even before the start of the design process.
Dear Plastic,Although my professors would prefer me to call you by your specific polymer name, I will keep calling you ‘plastic’ on an informal basis. After all, that is how I first got to know you. In my very early years of existence you were there to calm me down, serving as a beacon of familiarity. I do not think it is weird to say that you might have been one of my best friends of that time. And from that moment on, our relationship has only grown.
Out of the Blue #12: Copying from the Old Dutch MastersWhat if everybody could hang ‘Girl with the Pearl Earring’ on their wall? We talk with Willemijn Elkhuizen in her lab-slash-atelier on improving restauration and preservation of important art, and democratising our art-experience.
In the IDE Podcast Series ‘Out of the Blue’, Teacher of Practice Ianus Keller and PhD candidate Frithjof Wegener talk with our designers, researchers, students and teachers about their stories. Thankfully, we’re allowed to listen in.