Composite Racing Wheelchair (1990)Annemiek van Boeijen, 1990
With racing wheelchairs from the USA and Germany becoming more popular, Veldink Wheelchairs stood to lose market share. They hoped to stay ahead of the game by introducing the first model made of lightweight composite materials.
Affordable Solar Home Lighting (2007)Bernard Hulshof, 2007
With rural electrification in Madagascar at only three per cent, people resorted to kerosene lamps. Besides the problem of indoor air pollution, these lamps were a fire risk and emitted a lot of CO2. Bernard Hulshof designed a solar lighting system powered by a separate solar panel for social enterprise, BushProof.
Tangible Interaction with Music (2003)Miguel Bruns, 2003
Playing music on a computer lacked the tangible interaction of handling CDs or LPs, but burning music on a CD took away some of the advantages of the digital format. Miguel Bruns’s MusicCube combined the best of both worlds.
Future Mobile Communication Concept (2001)Sonny Lim, 2001
Rather than trying to imagine the continued development of existing technologies, Sonny Lim based his concept on the idea that every human being is unique. He saw mobility as the ability to adapt to change and integrate it into your life.
Electronic Collection Box (2001)Karen Knols, 2001
Design a collection box for both cash and electronic donations, this was Karen Knols’ brief. Accepting debit or credit card donations would involve bank fees, plus high costs for mobile data. The Dutch Chipknip-system was the most affordable option, as donations could be retrieved at the end of each day.
Home Recycling Box (1988)Ton Rademaker, 1988
Back in the 1980s, director of Kotrac Milieu Jos Kouwenhoven had a vision: he wanted to supply the world with recycling systems, at a time when the idea of separating household waste into different categories had not yet been introduced.
A Ladies' Commuter Bicycle (2009)Wytze van Mansum, 2009
For his concept bike, Wytze van Mansum decided to move away from the image of the lycra-clad, male-dominated sport that was cycling in the US. His ladies’ commuter bicycle was a lifestyle choice for women who cared about their health and the environment, but also valued a carefree and stylish ride.
A Family Car for 2012 (1998)Lowie Vermeersch, 1998
With only three out of hundreds of applicants being successful, securing an internship at Pininfirina was a dream come true for Lowie Vermeersch. He opted to create a car for the average family, rather than cater for a niche market.
Electronic Signage for Buildings (1988)Jeroen van Erp, 1988
Luuk van Hagen, director of signage company Kemperman, recognised the potential of applying developments in electronics to indoor signage. Focusing on signs in hospitals, that needed frequent changing, Van Erp looked at various electronic displays and recognised the benefits of LCD.
User-Centred Vibrator Design (1995)Ireen Laarakker, 1995
Back in 1995, vibrators came in two varieties: discrete massagers in neutral colours or more anatomically correct vibrators, styled on an enlarged and erect penis. Besides the limited choice, vibrators were also noisy and manufactured from smelly, sticky materials.
Digital Sketching Tool (1992)Ralph Stuyver, 1992
By the 90s, Computer Aided Design (CAD) systems were commonly used in the later phases of the design process. Sketching continued to be an important activity in the early stages of concept development, but it was barely supported by CAD systems. What kind of hard- and software could help designers with the formation of ideas and concepts in the digital age?
Luxury by Nature Tenthome (1999)Renée Schuffelers, 1999
Tent company, De Waard, had a history of tent innovation. Their original Albatros model had been the first virtually stormproof tent back in 1946. By 1998, De Waard was renting out tents for organised cycle holidays. What could be their next step?
Electric Scooter (2008)Sanne Pelgröm, 2008
Most consumers would not readily give up their cars, Sanne Pelgröm realised, so how could he make transport more sustainable when car ownership was a given? With no single solution for green mobility in existence, Pelgröm decided to look for ways to connect systems, focusing on the best option for the individual.
Bagage Drop-off Point (2007)Floris Wiegerinck, 2007
By 2007 self-service kiosks were a common sight at airports, and the seasoned traveller could even check in from home via the internet. Self-service baggage drop-off would be the next step in this evolution. Floris Wiegerinck joined startup Quintech to design a system that could decrease costs, increase passenger flow, and was comfortable to use for all travellers.
3G Telephony Mobile Services (2000)Bas Halin et al., 2000
Jans Aasman, IDE professor and researcher for Dutch telecoms operator, KPN, used his Telematics course to show the possibilities and limitations of emerging new technologies and inspire the design assignments run by course coordinator, the late Adinda Freudenthal.
Comfortable CPAP Mask (2004)Jasper Brands, 2004
CPAP was and is the leading therapy for sleep apnoea, a condition where breathing stops and starts during sleep. A CPAP machine prevents the airway from closing by increasing air pressure in the throat. However, such machines were not designed with their users in mind: having to sleep with a noisy machine by your bed and an uncomfortable mask on your face, detracts from the benefit of the treatment.