Prof. Ir. van Dijk, M.B.

Matthijs van Dijk is Professor of Mobility Design at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering and his main interests are Design methodology and Design processes in relation to the field of Mobility and Citizen engagement.

Academic Background

Matthijs (1965) completed his Master degree in Mechanical Engineering as precision engineer (mechatronics & robotics) at the University of Technology Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Interested in product design, he decided to follow a post-graduate course in consumer products at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology.

In 1992 he founded his Amsterdam based design consultancy, Reframing Studio. He was also one of the founders and board members of the Design and Emotion Society. In the same year he accepted a part time position as assistant professor at the Delft University of Technology. In 2003 he was appointed Professor of Applied Design. One of the areas Matthijs is responsible for is Mobility Design. In recent years the scope of this field has expanded. As well as conducting research into the movement of people and goods, Matthijs is also exploring other fields like social mobility and financial mobility. Matthijs’ research embraces the complexity of the entire mobility system. Also a connection was established with the research theme ‘People in Transit’. In 2017 his chair was renamed ‘Mobility Design’. 

Matthijs is a frequent speaker and a highly regarded member of a number of juries and committees.  In 2011 Matthijs published the book “Vision in Design, a guidebook for innovators” about the design method, ViP (Vision in Product Design), which  he devised together with colleague and co-author Professor Paul Hekkert.

Experience

  • 2020 – present
    Founder and Board member of Redesigning Society Foundation. One of the projects this foundation took the initiative for is Redesigning Psychiatry.
  • 2017 – present
    Professor Mobility Design at Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, department of Human-Centered Design, section of Design Aesthetics (0.2 fte).
  • 2012 – present
    Professor Strategic Design at NTNU, Faculty of Architecture and Design (0.2 fte)
  • 2003 – 2017
    Professor Applied Design at Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, department of Industrial Design, section of Design Aesthetics.
  • 1993 – present
    Founder and managing director of Reframing Studio, design consultancy on policies, services and products based in both Amsterdam and Rotterdam. Reframing Studio focuses on the domain of societal issues and citizen involvement, like the Future of the Rule of Law, the Future of Biodiversity and the Future of Information for different Ministries of the Netherlands. The consultancy also advises international corporations (e.g. Philips, Samsung, Hitachi) on how to maintain their societal and economic position within future society.
  • 2000 – 2003
    Founder and Board member of the Design & Emotion Society.

Education

  • 1998 - 2003
    Assistant Professor at Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering.
  • 1997 - 1998
    Teacher at Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering.
  • 1992 - 1997
    Researcher at Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering.
  • 1990 - 1992
    Post Doc education program of ‘Consumer Products’ at Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering mentored by Prof. G.J. F. Smets & Gijs Bakker.
  • 1987 - 1989
    Student Assistant Design engineering education Eindhoven University of Technology, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering.
  • 1984 - 1990
    Master of Science education at Eindhoven University of Technology, Faculty of Mechanical
    Engineering, section of Precision Engineering (Mechatronics and Robotics) mentored by Prof. ir. M.P. Koster.
  • 1978 - 1984
    Secondary School: Atheneum.

Books


Vision In Design

a guidebook for innovators Bis Publishers 2011