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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.

13 October 2020

What can mussel shells teach us about the circular economy?

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.

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’.

02 September 2020

Design can make a positive impact on society and the environment

We need design to make a positive impact on society and the environment. But how? Check out this recent publication ‘Implementing sustainable design theory in business practice: A call to action’ on ScienceDirect by IDE’s Giulia Calabretta, Nancy Bocken, Brian Baldassarre, Duygu Keskin and Jan Carel Diehl.

02 September 2020

Ena Voûte to serve new term as dean of IDE

The appointment of Ena Voûte as dean of TU Delft’s Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering has been extended by two years. This is a fact that Ena herself is delighted about not least because of her self-confessed love of the job and because “there still is a lot to do.”

01 September 2020

Training for surgery? Get (more) real

The field of general surgery has been transformed over the past few decades with the rise of minimal access surgery (MAS), making it possible to perform major surgeries via small incisions. But as with any rapidly developing technology, there are often challenges related to training and implementation. Through his PhD research, Sandeep Ganni set out to explore the key elements required for designing safer and more effective training methods related to MAS.

28 August 2020

Designers need to catch up on their user data

“Designers don’t know how to use data,” says Péter Kun, who recently defended his PhD thesis ‘Design Inquiry Through Data’. In it, he developed a framework for guiding designers through incorporating data in their research practice.

07 August 2020

Out of the Blue #19: Is it good enough?

How do you know if an idea is good? Is it a hunch, a gut feeling? Or can you learn to systematically recognise good ideas and move them further to make them work? In this episode, we talk with Jeroen van Erp, Professor of Concept Design at TU Delft and founder of influential Dutch design agency Fabrique. About ad agencies, how to learn design, and plastic soup. You’re not allowed to leave the podcast without at least 10 new ideas! ________ In the IDE Podcast Series ‘Out of the Blue’, Teacher of Practice Ianus Keller or PhD candidate Frithjof Wegener talks with our designers, researchers, students and teachers about their stories. Thankfully, we’re allowed to listen in.

15 July 2020

A breakthrough in 3D printing

Although 3D printing may sound futuristic and creative, results so far have often been rather recti-linear. Chengkai Dai just obtained his PhD at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at TU Delft for his work on a new method of 3D printing, which might just become the standard practice.

09 July 2020

Alive and Kicking: designing with living materials

Imagine a future in which our materials can morph. Your crisp white cotton shirt has been replaced by a living textile that purifies the air around you. As you settle down on the sofa to enjoy some wine, the glass bottle of yesteryear has been superseded by a tactile mycelium packaging which you can peel off to pour. And no need to switch on the light: bioluminescent organisms in your lamp set to work as light levels dropped, creating a warm evening glow.

08 July 2020

New animation: Designing with values in complex projects

How can we better cope with value dynamics in complex projects as designers? Some people look at what is being created in a project, others look at what drives people in a projects. Industrial Design Engineering, TU Delft researcher Marina Bos-de Vos argues it should be about both.

08 July 2020

IDE Summer Exhibitions – online now

The IDE Hall, at the end of the summer term, is – in normal circumstances - a sight to behold. Exhibition after exhibition showcasing student work. The prototypes and posters become a talking point for anyone who is lucky enough to be in the building. Of course, 2020 is anything but normal.

08 July 2020

Annemiek van Boeijen takes the stage at Pakhuis de Zwijger

The world is turned upside down, the streets are empty. Behind this seeming tranquillity, there is a storm raging through our values and structures. This gives us the space to think about a complete ‘reset’. How can we restructure existing dysfunctional systems?

08 July 2020

IDE in the media – week 28