Dr. ir. Keller, A.I.

Ianus Keller is a lecturer at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering. In his research, teaching and practical design work he focuses on spreading tools and skills for inspiration with an emphasis on blurring the line between the digital and the physical realm.

Academic Background

After graduating at this faculty in 1994 with a special focus on interaction design, he worked at several product design firms, working on interfaces and products in public (e.g. phone booths). In 2005 he finished his PhD cum laude on one of the first "research through design" on how designers use visual material in the conceptual phase of design. Since 2010 he is back at the faculty focusing on teaching and spreading his knowledge and experiences about tools and skills for inspiration.


  • 1981 — 1987 
    Gymnasium Camphusianum Gorinchem
  • 1987
    Michigan State University, Summer Course Consumer Behavior 
  • 1988 — 1995
    Industrieel Ontwerpen, Technische Universiteit Delft
  • 1999 — 2005
    PhD (cum laude) Industrieel Ontwerpen, Technische Universiteit Delft


  • 2014 — 2016
    Associate at playful design consultancy Hubbub
  • 2009 — present
    Teacher/coach at Industrial Design  TU Delft Organisator 
  • 2009 — 2011
    Teacher Crosslab at Willem de Kooning Academy
  • 2008 — 2015
    Curator This happened... lectures on the making of  interaction design projects
  • 2007 — 2009
    Visiting lecturer at Haagse Hogeschool, HKU, Rietveld Academy, TU Delft, Leiden University and Willem de Kooning Academy
  • 2006 — 2007
    Coach at TU/e Industrial Design department Work
  • 2005 — present
    Designer/Researchear at For Inspiration Only (clients include Philips, MS Research, Wacom, TomTom, AKZO/Nobel, AHOLD, TNT Post 
  • 1999 — 2009
    Owner art gallery in de weg 
  • 1999 — 2005
    Promovendus Industrial Design at TU Delft 
  • 1998 — 1999
    Consultant at full-service internet agency Virtual Affairs bv
  • 1995 —1998
    Industrial Designer at Landmark Design & Technology

Specialisation / field of research

  • Presentation & Communication
  • Collaboration & Interaction
  • Creativity
  • People & Users
  • Education

Secondary Employment

As an independent designer and consultant in his own company For Inspiration Only, he works on tools for designers for clients such as Wacom, Philips, Ahold and Microsoft Research. He also participates in juries and brainstorm sessions and he is an invited speaker at cultural and academic institutes. From 2007 to 2009 he teaches the cross-disciplinary influences of technology on creative disciplines at the Willem de Kooning Academy. From 2008 until 2015 Ianus organised the critically acclaimed lecture series This happened, which explores the making of interactive projects through successful examples.

Involved in the research project(s):