Vignesh Balakrishnan's experiences in Delft


Hi I'm Vignesh and I am currently in the final stage of my Master course Strategic Product Design at the TU Delft. I started with the Master Variant for Engineers, so if you are interested in this variant, read my experiences here.

Vignesh Balakrishnan

Vignesh's articles:

Bikes, Delft, and Nederland!

Vignesh Balakrishnan | April 2021

If you are planning to start masters in the Netherlands, polishing your biking skills should be in your priority list because on Dutch streets, bikes rule. Bikes are an essential part of Dutch culture and holds even more importance in student life; Your bike is your best friend. Be it going to campus, grocery shopping, visiting a friend or to just for leisure, bikes make life easier.   Delft is a beautiful city with both narrow alleys and picturesque streets. Most roads have dedicated bike track and with having a maximum speed of 30 kmph in every living area makes biking even safer. Biking can be a really enjoyable experience in Delft especially with lush green nature surrounding the city.  If you are coming here to Delft, here are a few tips and trips in relation to biking.

Getting a bike

In a country where bikes outnumber people, choosing a bike for yourself is going to be tricky. You have to decide which bike suits you best and where to get it from. You have a lot to choose from depending on your preference and there are multiple ways with which you can buy one. Here are some useful links.

Long term bike rental -

Short term bike rental -

Bike stores – Fietscyclette, Decathlon, Wijtman Tweewielers.

Master Variant for Engineers

Vignesh Balakrishnan | April 2021

Industrial Ontwerpen IO is a faculty full of enthusiastic teachers and ambitious students. I am one of those students with a background in mechanical engineering who dreamt of becoming a strategic designer. In this article, I’ll elaborate on the program that enabled me to follow my dream.

I was introduced to design during my bachelor's in mechanical engineering at IIITDM Kancheepuram, Chennai. It was in my penultimate year that I realized I had an interest in human-centred design and wanted to learn more about it. During this time, I followed the MOOC “Delft Design Approach” course on EdX. This was a steppingstone in my pursuit of higher education for two reasons. The course introduced me to the Delft way of designing and Master Variant for Engineers (MVE).

The MVE program gives students and professionals with an engineering background the opportunity to learn industrial design at a master's level. It starts with an intensive semester-long crash course in industrial design to prepare you for Integrated Product Design or Strategic Product Design pathways. MVE puts the theory of 'learning by doing' into practice. The first semester follows a project-based learning approach with a total of four sequential projects in the following domains:

  1. User-centred design
  2. Strategic design
  3. Form and experience
  4. Sustainability

The projects are supervised by coaches from the IDE faculty who have extensive professional experience. The theoretical content required for the projects are supported by lectures, workshops and discussions. In addition, the MVE covers the subjects of ergonomics, design drawing, and applied electronics.

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