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.
13 September 2022
From bottled water to doctorMost people, according to PhD candidate Mirjam Visser, say they want to shop sustainably but few consumers actually purchase the most environmentally-friendly option when shopping. For her thesis research, she set out to understand why some consumers will buy green options while others won’t - and how to encourage people to make more sustainable choices.
06 September 2022
The many angles of technology and human centred designFrom an early career in experimental psychology to Professor of Informational Ergonomics at TU Delft’s Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering (IDE), Professor Huib de Ridder has learned that there are a lot of ways to look at things. But one point has always remained central: it all begins with the human.
06 September 2022
Helping designers give UX insights a longer lifeOnce a designer is no longer actively involved in the development process, UX insights are often neglected, reducing the UX quality of the product or service. This phenomenon inspired Lilian Henze’s PhD research into how designers can prevent it from happening and actually facilitate the use of UX insights in the entire development process
31 August 2022
Out of the Blue #25 - International students of Delft Design – Yuka & JackIt’s been a long and well-deserved summer break. Before we headed off, we had a lovely chat with two international student editors of IDE. Yuka & Jack already share their experiences as international students as student editors on the IDE website. For this bonus episode, they talk with Ianus and Producer Marc about work-life balance, what’s it like studying Delft Design and much more. Enjoy! We will be back with our final episode on design & health soon.
28 June 2022
Collaborations by designAddressing the complex challenges of today and tomorrow requires many actors, perspectives and disciplines. But forming effective and mutually beneficial collaborations can be challenging. Designing with Delft aims to facilitate this process, bringing researchers and educators from the university together with innovators from organisations to identify common goals, define a shared vision and develop concrete plans for collaborations.
30 May 2022
Handling stress: using wearable technology to help people with PTSDThe obvious triggers of stress are all around us: pressing deadlines at work, children not sleeping through the night, a leaking roof. But sometimes it's smaller things, certain locations or specific times of day, that increase our stress levels. Understanding those triggers using wearable technology, with a focus on people who experience a lot of stress - people with PTSD - was the topic of Xueliang Li’s PhD research.
14 April 2022
3D printing metamaterialsImagine wanting to construct a personalised bike saddle, but the materials at your disposal are either too stiff for some parts of the buttocks or too soft for others… Creating a product that has different parts, each with unique requirements, often requires the use of different materials. But innovations in 3D printing are changing this by making it possible to create objects with spatial gradations in surface and volumetric properties – in other words, functionally graded materials (FGMs). These engineered metamaterials go beyond the characteristics found in naturally occurring materials. For his PhD, Tim Kuipers explored how toolpath generation and a manufacturing technique called fused filament fabrication (FFF) can be used to create more complex objects with varying material properties.
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.
Out of the Blue #9: Freedive with Hester le RicheIn the first Freedive Ianus Keller speaks with Hester Le Riche at the IDE 50 years jubilee event. She’s CEO and co-founder of Active Cues on how to design for quality of life in healthcare. Their Magic Table augmented reality product allows people with Alzheimer to re-connect with their families and each other in care homes.
In the IDE Podcast Series 'Out of the Blue', Ianus Keller, Teacher of Practice at Industrial Design Engineering, talks with our designers, researchers, and teachers about their stories. Thankfully, we're allowed to listen in.
Positive Artificial Intelligence vibesWillem van der Maden recently started his PhD position at Industrial Design Engineering (TU Delft), focusing on ‘Positive AI’. We caught up with him briefly to ask him about his goals at IDE and what we might expect to see come out of several AI projects of the faculty.
The Road to SchistoscopeFor half a year, a team of six dedicated students worked endlessly on solving the problems around diagnosing Schistosomiasis in Nigeria. The tipping point for their project; seeing not only the eggs, but also the spine of the disease in the pictures made by their product. But before reaching this milestone, the team had to overcome many obstacles through weeks of hard work, motivation and creative problem solving. Tina Ekhtiar and Talitha Brenninkmeyer share the ins and outs of the process.
"Designed for our Future"When I was cleaning out my archives from my student days at Industrial Design Engineering (IDE), I happened upon an interactive demo that bore an eerie resemblance to current day taxi-summoning services. Anyone who has been involved in design education, either as a teacher or a student, has probably experienced the same feeling of déjà vu.
A redesigned court: impartially on your sideDutch citizens come into contact with the courts system on average once in their life. For many people - even those accused of minor offences such as being behind on a phone bill – the experience can be overwhelming. So when MSc graduate student Rens de Graaf got the opportunity to improve the service level of the provincial Noord-Holland Court, he grasped the opportunity with both hands.
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.”
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.