How do you design objects with an intention?Designing smart objects for everyday life demands a new approach: no longer focused on a single object and a single user, but on an ecological system of countless objects and users. This approach is central in the new Delft Design Lab for Expressive Intelligence and the recently published book Designing Smart Objects in Everyday Life.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.