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22 October 2020

Delft at Dutch Design Week – don’t miss it!

With just three days left to go of Dutch Design Week, do take the time to explore the diverse contributions from TU Delft’s Industrial Design Engineering students, researchers and alumni, many of which are gathered at

22 October 2020

Equarun: award-winning accessibility from Delft designers

It’s more important than ever to stay active and get outside when we can, but for people with sensory impairments, this can be easier said than done. Enter Equarun: an assistive device to help disabled and able-bodied people run together safely and comfortably.

22 October 2020

DINED: instructional videos available

Ergonomics enthusiasts will likely be familiar with DINED, an award-winning anthropometric database developed in IDE’s own Human-Centered Design Department...

22 October 2020

IDE in the media – week 43

21 October 2020

How familiar are you with the cultural context of your users?

On Monday 2 November the online course Culture Sensitive Design by Annemiek van Boeijen, together with Chen Hao, starts. Professionals need more than just cultural awareness to systematically address culture in their design practice. In this online course you will become acquainted with new and practical models and methods that offer help in researching and designing for your own (business) culture and for that of your customer or other stakeholders.

15 October 2020

IDE at Dutch Design Week

In a year when normal has been turned on its head, it’s no surprise that this year’s Dutch Design Week is set to be rather different. But digital doesn’t have to mean less daring. Read on to find out about the places where you can delve into Delft design.

15 October 2020

New IDE research web pages

Any of you browsing the faculty website of late will have noticed that our research pages have come to life. Designed to help spark collaborations inside and outside the IDE research community, the pages have been structured around IDE’s three research themes of Health, Mobility and Sustainability, three Delft Design perspectives of People, Technology and Organisation; and Designing Design. These pages not only give an insight into what each theme means for research at IDE, they also offer increased findability of researchers according to their research interests and expertise. This expertise is evidenced with a selection of current research projects, as well as links to the latest Delft Design stories and the most pertinent Delft Design Labs, giving a strong sense of IDE’s strength in design research.

15 October 2020

Design for Circular Economy in Indonesia

IDE’s Design for Sustainability (DfS) section was recently approached to contribute to a Road to the 4th Indonesia Circular Economy Forum - a webinar with ministers, industry representatives and NGOs.

15 October 2020

IDE in the media – week 42

14 October 2020

Design that makes us happy

Design that makes people happy. It sounds like the holy grail. Or as a sales pitch. Yet things can contribute to our sense of well-being. Mafalda Casais researched how they do this and gained important knowledge for designers.

13 October 2020

Ground mussel shells for 3D printing

Marita Sauerwein shows that 3D printing and reprinting using locally sourced sustainable and natural raw materials is a viable option in a circular economy.

13 October 2020

MOUNT mussel shells

In a circular economy, design is about more than just creating a sustainable product. In this system based on eliminating waste and minimising the use of resources, the design process is aimed at preserving the value of products and materials and keeping them in the economic system for as long as possible. So how do you do that? PhD candidate Marita Sauerwein came up with a novel material based on ground mussel shells and showed through 3D printing technology that the end life of a product is really just the beginning.

13 October 2020

Graduation project helps museum visitors with visual impairment to explore art

For her graduation project at TU Delft’s Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, Josephine de Vries - together with the Chabot Museum in Rotterdam - designed ‘Eye Can (t) See Art’; a toolkit that helps visually impaired museum visitors accompanied by a sighted companion explore the artwork together. The project won second prize in the RAAK Stimuleringsprijs, which encourages museums to adapt their collections for people with visual impairments.

09 October 2020

The circular economy needs your old phones (and other things)

The transition towards a circular economy (CE) requires that products be returned for reuse, refurbishing or recycling. But getting people to follow through is not always easy. Looking at this issue from the user perspective, PhD candidate Flora Poppelaars researched ways to increase the return of mobile phones after use, helping to close the CE loop.

08 October 2020

Designing (with) Artificial Intelligence

Congratulations to IDE researchers Niya Stoimenova and Rebecca Price, whose publication on AI and design is included in the latest volume of Design Issues! Niya and Rebecca’s work is titled Exploring the Nuances of Designing (with/for) Artificial Intelligence. In their work, the authors promote a holistic perspective on what it means to design with and for AI, discussing the nuances of design methodologies and how they might respond to AI as it evolves over time.

08 October 2020

IDE in the media – week 41

07 October 2020

TU Delft and LUT join forces in teaching design for a circular economy

Next semester TU Delft’s IDE Faculty will be co-facilitating a new course, Design Approaches, with LUT’s Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. The course, which forms part of the minor Designing Sustainable Transitions, focuses on product design in the context of a circular economy. Students from both universities will work together, combining their perspectives and skills to tackle circular design problems. This interdisciplinary approach is a crucial component in the circular design process.

07 October 2020

How circular business models keep consumers in the loop

The circular economy is a hot topic these days. Moving away from the old linear model of take-make-consume-throw away, the circular model is a closed-loop system that involves more than simply recycling waste. It’s a process that involves several inter-dependent phases, including sustainable design – or designing out waste. And there are many actors involved in making it work. For her PhD, Vivian Tunn looked at things from the consumer perspective to investigate how circular business models can be designed to enable sustainable consumption.

01 October 2020

IDE in the media – week 40

30 September 2020

What a comfortable seat

How can you objectively determine whether a car seat is comfortable? Develop a measuring instrument that imitates human skin. Max Wegner will be awarded his PhD for his work on this measuring instrument, which could prove to be a real breakthrough.

24 September 2020

IDE in the media – week 39

23 September 2020

DRIVE for change

There’s less than a month to go until this year’s Dutch Design Week (DDW)! Last week we revealed plans for Design United’s Up Close and Personal exhibition but what about DRIVE?

17 September 2020

TU Delft students win James Dyson Award 2020 with easy-to-repair glass speaker

Six industrial design engineering students from Delft University of Technology have won the Dutch edition of the James Dyson Award with Ammos: a fully recyclable home audio system that produces crystal clear sound with a sheet of glass. With their sustainable design they hope to stimulate recycling and give everyone the chance to easily repair their audio system.

17 September 2020

IDE in the media – week 38

16 September 2020


16 September 2020

IDE at Dutch Design Week

It’s almost that time of year again! Every October, the European design community comes together to celebrate our profession during Dutch Design Week (DDW). However, this year’s DDW will be particularly special.

16 September 2020

Professor David Keyson appointed Diversity Officer

The Executive Board has appointed IDE’s Professor David Keyson as Diversity Officer as of 1 September 2020. He succeeds Professor Rinze Benedictus who has held this position for the past three years.

14 September 2020

TU Delft start-up develops ‘living coffin’

The TU Delft student start-up Loop has developed a living coffin made from mycelium. The Living Cocoon helps the body to ‘compost’ more efficiently, removes toxic substances and produces richer conditions in which to grow (new) trees and plants.

10 September 2020

IDE in the media – week 37

09 September 2020

Positive Design

It’s no secret that the new chair of the Department of Human-Centered Design, Pieter Desmet, is our resident expert on all things positive. Pieter’s recurring column on Positive Design in the (Dutch) Journal of Positive Psychology is a timely reminder of the good that design can bring to our lives.

03 September 2020

Campus as a Living Lab

20 scientists from four faculties are setting up scientific research within a new TU Delft project: ‘Campus as a Living Lab’ , all in support of facilitating the 1.5 metre campus and student wellbeing.

03 September 2020

IDE alumnus wins silver award

Congratulations to Nitin Gurram, IDE alumnus who has won a 2019–2020 Red Dot Silver Design Award. He received the award for his Industrial Design MSc graduation project, Foxpat Surgical Trainer.

03 September 2020

IDE in the media – week 36

02 September 2020

New publication ‘A Social Designer's Field Guide to Power Literacy' available now

This field guide by IDE researcher, Maya Goodwill, is a workbook that helps designers (and for that matter, anyone else working with people to address social issues) identify and challenge inequities that show up in their projects. It can be used as a first step towards designing more socially just, decolonial and democratic outcomes for those who are new to this sort of work. This guide is now available online.

02 September 2020

Euiyoung Kim wins Best Paper Award

Recently, IDE’s Assistant Professor Euiyoung Kim and his former colleagues from UC Berkeley and University of Minnesota won the 2016 Best Paper Award in the Design Theory and Method division at the 2016 ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conference, virtually held this year. Each year, the conference selects one best paper out of all submissions of that year. The team had worked on the research to examine design method selection process in Human-centered Design teams. The paper is entitled ‘Method Selection in Human-Centered Design Teams: An Examination of Decision-Making Strategies’.