Prof. Middelkoop, C. van

Professor of Visual Communication Design
Department Industrial Designsection Human Information Communication Design

Head of Communication at Design Academy Eindhoven and Lecturer Data Design and Advisor Commercial Practices at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam. Her main research interests include the influence of emerging technologies on the field of visual communication design, the changing role of the designer in a predominantly digital age dictated by machines, as well as speculative futures for art and design education.

Academic Background

Catelijne started out studying Art History and Archeology at the University of Amsterdam in 1994 yet graduated from the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague with a Bachelor degree in Graphic and Typographic Design in 2000. The research and thesis project she worked on during graduate school at Cranbrook Academy of Art (MI, USA) focused on design tooling and digital crafts, topics she explored in even more depth and from both a human and non human perspective while pursuing her PhD degree with a research project called “Unlearning humans and machines. Towards new forms of education in art and design.”
Besides being involved in education and research, Catelijne is member of the advisory committee ‘Design’ at the Creative Industries Fund NL, and perhaps most importantly, one of two directors of Strange Attractors Design, a trans-disciplinary studio co-founded in 2001.

Next to her work in Delft, Catelijne is Head of Communication at Design Academy Eindhoven and Lecturer Data Design and Advisor Commercial Practices at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam.

Education

  • 2000-2002
    2D Design, Cranbrook Academy of Art
  • 1996-2000
    Graphic & Typographic Design, Royal Academy of Art (KABK)
  • 1994-1996
    Art History & Archeology, University of Amsterdam 

Experience

  • 2001-present
    Founder/partner/designer
    Strange Attractors Design
  • 2014-present
    PhD candidate
    Faculty of Art and Design, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
  • 2013-present
    Head a.i.
    Man and Communication, Design Academy Eindhoven
  • 2010-2014
    External Specialist
    Research Department of Art, Theory and Artistic Practice, KABK
  • 2009-2015
    Coordinator
    Man and Communication, Design Academy Eindhoven
  • 2007-2015
    Lecturer
    Man and Communication/Lab/Propaedeutic Year, Design Academy Eindhoven
  • 2007-2013
    Lecturer Graphic Design/Interactive Design
    Graphic Design Department, KABK
  • 2006-2012
    Board Member
    Association of Dutch Designers (BNO)

Specialisation / field of research

  • (Visual) Communication Design, Design Education