Design Research

How can design be used to tackle the challenges of an increasingly complex world?

Challenges such as health, sustainability and mobility. By focusing on these three themes, researchers at Delft’s Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering (IDE) are developing tools and methods which integrate three main perspectives – people, technology and organisation.

In the past designers might have focused on the precisely-defined needs of the user. Today the user is more usually a multiplicity of stakeholders with different or competing needs. The resulting design might be a service or even part of a system, rather than one physical product.

The designer’s ability to act as a bridge between stakeholders and possible technological solutions is crucial. It’s here that Delft design research’s contribution counts. The design methods which stem from our research equip designers - the world over - to design better.

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