IDEMC7: Thing-Centered Design

Designing and innovating in the connected everyday

As objects around us begin to collect data and make suggestions about what might be desirable, it is possible that they may even be able to design things that we could never think of. Thing-Centered Design is a new way of researching and designing that looks into the creative possibilities of the Internet of Things.

Date
22 and 23 November 2017
Group size
10-16 participants
Location
Industrial Design Engineering, TU Delft
Deadline
13 November 2017

Curriculum


Designers need to exercise and practice the principles of a technology before they can actually design with it. To this end, this Master Class offers professional designers a mix of inspirational lectures, experimental tools, and workshop sessions that will help them design from a thing-centered perspective.

Learning Objectives

During this master class you will:

  • understand what a 'thing' is in contemporary design practice (formerly known as product or service);
  • understand how a thing-centered design offers additional resources to human imagination and capabilities;
  • apply thing-centered tools and techniques to involve non-human actors in the design process as co-ethnographers and co-designers;
  • select and devise thing-centered tools an techniques in design practice.

Content

  • Thing-centered theory
  • Models, methods and tools of thing-centered design
  • Cases and examples of thing-centered design

Speaker

Programme

9:00Registration and welcome drinks
9:30Introduction and overview
Overview of the masterclass, aims and structure, expectations and background of the participants.
10:00Lecture - Fundamentals of Thing-Centered Design
Overview of thing-centered design as a new way of researching and designing that looks into the creative possibilities of the Internet of Things.
11:00Break
11:30Philips Design case study - Thing-Centered Design in practice
Discussion of the "Resourceful Ageing" case study in thing-centered design. Application of main insights to participants' own practice.
13:00Lunch
at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering
14:00Workshop - Doing research with nonhumans as co-ethnographers
Introduction to thing ethnography and related data collection methods - how to gain access to data worlds and trajectories unattainable with traditional design methods. Exercises for practicing the application of the presented methods.
15:30Break
16:00Case study: Thing-Centered Design in the Design of Intelligence
Guest lecture by Philip van Allen (Art College of Design, Pasadena, California)
Discussion on the broader applicability of principles of Thing-Centered Design
17:00Wrap-up and conclusive thoughts
until 17:30
9:30Reflections and adjustments
10:00Workshop - Desiging with nonhumans as co-designers
Introduction to object personas and related methods for ideation and conceptualisation - how to design things humans could never think of. Exercises for practicing the application of the presented methods.
11:00Break  
11:30Workshop - Practicing Thing-Centered Design
Group work aimed at thing-centered research and design for a real case, with an evaluation moment at the end.
13:00Lunch
At the Porceleyne Fles
14:00Workshop - Practicing Thing-Centered Design
Group work aimed at thing-centered research and design for a real case, with an evaluation moment at the end.
15:30Break
16:00Case study: Thing-Centered Design in the Public Sector
Guest lecture by Majid Iqbal (Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Environment, RVO X Lab)
Discussion on the broader applicability of principles of Thing-Centered Design
17:00Wrap-up and conclusive thoughts
17:30Drinks and closing

Practical Information


How to prepare?
No preparation required.

Materials
Hand-outs of all lectures will be provided with space for personal notes. All materials provided are included in the course fee.

After the course
Two months after the course, a pre-set consultation timeslot will be offered to all participants to share experiences and ask questions to the IDE Master Class. The format and the timing will be discussed with the participants during the IDE Master Class.

 

 

Costs Master Class

€ 950standard
€ 850for members of BNO, KIVI IO, Design Management Network, HumanFactorsNL
€ 750for IDE alumni
Lunch and drinks are included, prices are free from VAT