People in Transit


How to design mobility means that are meaningful within society that address both individual and collective concerns? How to design seamless mobility, while preserving the underlaying functional and emotional values of individual mobility? In other words, how to balance individual wants and collective needs? These fundamental questions dictate a multidisciplinary and holistic design approach. We do this by following a context driven design process, as the underlayer of this minor. 

For whom?

University students from the 'designing and engineering' faculties from universities of Technology, i.e. Industrial Design, Aerospace Engineering, Automotive or Mechanical Engineering and Architecture. Applications from Technology Management (TBM) are also being considered. 
Considering the vast challenges that human mobility faces today we need students, who don’t only want to learn to design new mobility means as such, but who are also interested in understanding why those new designs are of meaning for users and society as a whole. Affinity with human mobility helps and curiosity is a must!

What will you learn?

The minor People in Transit is the evolution of the minor Automotive Design. The encompassing mobility domain is more complex and challenging than it ever has been, both from an internal as from an external perspective. It is because of the latter that we can no longer regard automotive design, or that of any other transport modality, solely in its own right.

This autonomous programme provides knowledge on automotive and mobility design and technology, and an understanding thereof in specific societal contexts. Because of the complexity of the human mobility domain and the high level of design execution in mobility-design, all knowledge, insights and experience derived from this minor, are applicable and valuable in other complex systems and domains.

  • You will learn how to design new meaningful products in the field of mobility. Products can be new policies and services, new vehicles in the widest possible sense, and the mobility system that incorporates all these entities.
  • You will learn how to work with a context driven design process.
  • Develop skills to visualize ideas appropriately throughout the design process, and to visually express all knowledge derived from that design process, through hand-sketching and digital visualization techniques. You will understand their respective roles and values in multidisciplinary design teams.
  • Learning secondary skills like design project management and presenting your work in a professional manner, both verbally and visually.
  • You will understand the merits and the value of design research and participate in research projects.
  • Working in international and multidisciplinary project teams some projects, while other projects are individual.
  • You may not always find yourself in your comfort zone

Course overview

Students execute three project courses, which growing in depth, width and weight, from automotive styling and technology to the design of an integrated mobility system. Those three projects together are framed by and structured through the context driven design process Vision in Design. Together they are one full walk-through of this context driven design process. Necessary knowledge is acquired through lectures and research. Necessary skills are being developed in parallel

Register for this minor

Minors of the faculty of Industrial Design Engineering are open only for students from academic programmes in the third year of their Bachelor studies.

In addition to your registration (Osiris or International Office), please send a brief motivation to including a description and a representative image of an (of the shelf) project that you are proud of. This should represent your thinking, design or engineering skills. It does not have to be a mobility related project. 


Portrait photo Elmer van Grondelle

Elmer van Grondelle

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