Prof. dr. ir. Desmet, P.M.A.

Professor of Design for Experience
Department Industrial Design, section Design Aesthetics

Biography

Prof. Pieter Desmet is full professor of ‘Design for Experience’ at the Department of Industrial Design Engineering. His main research interest is in understanding why and how design evokes emotion, and how design can contribute to the well-being of individual users and communities. He supervises a research group that studies various aspects of user experience, and chairs the ‘Delft Institute of Positive Design’ (see www.diopd.org). This institute aims to initiate and stimulate the development of knowledge that supports designers in their attempts to design for human flourishing. Desmet is board-member of the International Design and Emotion society (see www.designandemotion.org), and has published over 80 scientific (journal) papers and book chapters; edited three books, three special issues, and two conference proceedings on a variety of aspects of experience-driven design.

Education

  • 2002: Doctoral degree, Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, TU Delft
  • 1996: Master of Science degree, Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, TU Delft

Experience

  • Since 2012
    Full professor of Design for Experience, Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, TU Delft
  • Sep 2008 - 2012
    Associate Professor, Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, TU Delft
  • Jul - Aug 2007
    Guest Assistant Professor, Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
  • Jan 2005 – Jul 2007
    Guest researcher and research advisor, Air France – KLM
  • Feb - Jun 2007
    Guest Assistant Professor, Hong Kong Polytechnic University of Technology
  • Feb - Jun 2004
    Guest researcher and research advisor, Procter & Gamble Research
  • Jul 2002 - Aug 2008
    Assistant Professor, Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, TU Delft

Specialisation / field of research

design for emotion and subjective well-being; measuring user experience; conceptual design

Lectures and/or coaches students on:

  • Conceptual design
  • Experience-driven design
  • Design for well-being

Publications

Click here for an overview of my publications 

Involved in the research project(s):


Positive Design

Desmet, P.M.A. 
ISBN: 978 94 6186 183 2
Available in pdf

Published in 2013


From Floating Wheelchairs to Mobile Car Parks: A Collection of 35 Experience-Driven Design Projects

Pieter Desmet, Rick Schifferstein 
ISBN: 978 90 5931 612 6

Published in 2011


Design & Emotion Moves

Desmet, P.M.A., van Erp, J., & Karlsson, M.A.

Published in 2008

 


Enriching Experiences

Desmet, P.M.A., van Erp, J., & Hu, C.

Published in 2008


The World According to Concrete

Aaron Betsky, Gustav Beumer, Pieter Desmet, Timo de Rijk
ISBN: 978-9056624835

Published in 2007


Designing Emotions (doctoral thesis)

Desmet, P.M.A. 

Published in 2002


"Reason is, and ought to be, the slave of the passions" - Hume