Design For Our Future

On 13 September 2013, the faculty of Industrial Design Engineering (IDE) of Delft University of Technology opened its doors for everyone, during its open house day "Design for our Future". 

Our current dean, Professor Ena Voûte, held her inaugural lecture. IDE academics and alumni showcased their experience, the Delft Design Guide was launched and the Delft Design Labs opened their doors to show more than 80 research projects.

Delft Design Guide

The Delft Design Guide presents an overview of product design approaches and methods used in the Bachelor and Master curriculum at the faculty of Industrial Design Engineering in Delft. Product design at Industrial Design Engineering in Delft is regarded as a systematic and structured activity, purposeful and goal-oriented. Due to its complexity, designing requires a structured and systematic approach as well as moments of heightened creativity. In this guide we restrict ourselves deliberately to approaches we teach in Delft. Although we are aware of others, they are not included in this design guide. The design guide is largely based on existing books and articles; where possible we have tried our best to refer to these works in the appropriate form.

The online version of the Delft Design Guide won the Open Course Award for Best Text Book in 2013 and is developed into a successful MOOC, the Delft Design Approach.


Ena Voute

Dean of the faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, TU Delft

Ena Voûte returned to her alma mater as dean in September 2012, after studying  Industrial Design at TU Delft and carrying out her graduation project on innovative packaging at Unilever in the UK. During the 90s she worked for Unilever in a number of European countries, where she developed launching, branding and marketing strategies for products including Magnum, Becel and Lipton. At the start of this century, she was involved in the establishment of the financial services comparison site Independer as its marketing director and she worked as an innovation consultant at Altuïtion. She went on to work for nine years at Philips Consumer Lifestyle on personal care products and at Philips Lighting in a number of international roles.

Taco Carlier

Founder of VANMOOF

Taco Carlier (1977) is an industrial designer and serial entrepreneur. Together with his brother he founded a VANMOOF, a company that pursues only one goal: to help the ambitious city dweller worldwide move around town fast, confident and in style. They stripped the traditional Dutch bike from redundant hoo-ha, that can only break or frustrate, and added sensibility instead. The result? Simplistic striking bikes so smooth that they fit your style demands, yet so functional they make you go to work whistling. The no-nonsense VANMOOF bike is the ultimate urban commuter tool, anywhere around the globe. VANMOOF sells bikes in more than 40 countries and has offices in Amsterdam, Taipei and New York.  

Timo de Rijk

Director Stedelijk Museum ’s-Hertogenbosch

Timo de Rijk is a regular lecturer and curator of many exhibitions, i.a. Frank Lloyd Wright meets Berlage, The Hague Style, Art Deco in The Netherlands and Norm=Form. He is or was member of various boards and committees in The Netherlands and abroad. He is chairman of Vivid Design Foundation, Rotterdam and of the Association of Dutch Designers (BNO).  Timo de Rijk has been a member of the faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at TU Delft from 1992 to 2016, in the last years as Professor of Design, Culture & Society.

Founder and CEO NightBalance

Eline studied Industrial Design Engineering and graduated with a master in Strategic Product Design in 2008 (cum laude). In 2009 she started the company NightBalance with another former IDE student Thijs van Oorschot based on her graduation project the Sleep Position Trainer. This is a small sensor that treats positional sleep apnea. NightBalance won several innovation prizes, managed to receive a first round of funding in 2011 and a second round of several millions in 2013. Currently, NightBalance is selling their device in 10 European countries.

Erik Tempelman

Associate Professor Reliability & Durability, faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, TU Delft
Erik Tempelman was born in Vlissingen in 1969. Following his PhD on sustainable transport and advanced materials, he worked for the automotive industry for five years; also, he worked as a consultant at TNO Science & Industry for two years. Erik joined the faculty of IDE in 2006, from 2012-2016 he led the EU FP7 project Light.Touch.Matters on new materials and design and the national IOP-IPCR project
Nature Inspired Design, on design for sustainability. 

Design Director G-Star Raw

Pieter Kool (1978) approached G-Star in 2004 to develop the “G-Star Store of the Future” for the graduation project of his Master in Industrial Design Engineering at the Delft University of Technology. The collaboration was such a success that Kool started working at G-Star directly after he graduated. Kool started mainly designing fair stands at G-Star, following his passion for creating and building objects. Later on his responsibilities expanded.

Associate Professor of Marketing, faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, TU Delft

Maria Sääksjärvi holds a PhD and MSc in Marketing. Prior to her academic career, she worked at Accenture as a technology consultant. Her research interests lie in consumer response to new products in the realm of innovations, emotions, and high-technology. She has published articles in the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Psychology  & Marketing, Journal of interactive Marketing, and Journal of Personal Selling and Sales Management among others.   

Remco Timmer

Digital accelerator lead, lead of SW prototyping in Digital accelerator Philips

Remco Timmer graduated from the faculty of Industrial Design Engineering in 2007, where he received an honorary Master degree in Integrated Product Design, designing c,mm,n; a car that was optimized for collaboration. After his graduation he started working in Philips Design where he has had various roles over the last six years.

Peter Vink

Professor of Environmental Ergonomics, faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, TU Delft

Since 2013 Peter is professor at the faculty of Industrial Design Engineering and is working on interior design (including seats) and the effects on comfort experience, performance and health. He is in the editorial board of many scientific journals, chairing the jury of the Crystal Cabin Award (the most prestigious prize in aircraft interiors) and won the Hal W Hendrick Award in 2011, which is  for a non-U.S. citizen who has made outstanding contributions to the human factors/ergonomics field.


Recordings symposium Design for our Future

Recordings inaugural lecture Ena Voûte