Fair Fashion Tech at University of Twente Designlab


On Thursday February 8, we will celebrate the presentation of the Textile Reflexes prototype (funded by WEAR SUSTAIN). This hi–tech robot vest for posture correction is developed by Hellen van Rees (Fashion Designer), Angelika Mader (University of Twente) and me. And because celebrating alone isn’t any fun, we have invited some guests to join us:

Marina Toeters will present Closed Loop Smart Athleisure fashion;  Troy Nachtigall will present Solemaker; Kristin Neidlinger and Edwin Dertien will present their new project Flexo and Pauline van Dongen will present Issho.

We will also take the opportunity to discuss a sustainable future for wearable technology. Joining us for this discussion will be Oscar Tomico and Valérie Lamontagne of 3lectromode.  Looking forward to welcoming everyone!

You can still sign up for this event.

Symposium at IDE TU Delft

IMG_6536January 11th, I will be at Delft University of Technology to act as an opponent in the PhD defence of Jay Yoon. I am looking forward to discussing his thesis “Escaping the emotional blur: Design tools for facilitating positive emotional granularity” with him!

Preceding the defence, the Faculty of Industrial Design has organised a symposium where three of the committee members (including me) will be speaking. The title of the symposium is ‘What can the social sciences learn from design research’ . I am absolutely thrilled by this title, not in the least because 12 years ago (!), while I was a PhD students at IDE TU Delft, I co-organised a symposium with almost the reverse (sub)title – ‘How the human sciences infuse design’ (see image for the poster that was made for this symposium). This was when Donald Norman received an honorary doctorate from TU Delft.

Apparently, the field of design (research) has matured over the past 12 years and has come to the understanding that the discipline can do more than borrowing and adapting existing methodologies; it also has something to offer to other disciplines. The unique ways of working and thinking in design can help society make the changes we need to make.

Please join the discussion tomorrow or some other time!


MinD exchange in Barcelona

IMG_6218Over the last two weeks I was in Barcelona, experiencing all the joys and all the challenges of this city while working with a dedicated team on idea generation for our MinD EU project. The team with members from University of Wolverhampton, Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust, DUIT and the University of Twente visited our Barcelona partners Eurecat, Picharchitects and Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (BarcelonaTech).

Picking up on where the last exchange in Germany left the idea generation phase, we further developed ideas for four of the important transition areas in early stages of dementia. We now have a list of 12 ideas that will be evaluated by health and dementia experts as well as by end users before the management team of MinD will make a decisions on which ideas we want to bring forward. Read more about what we did during this exchange in the blogpost on the project website.

For me personally, it was great to see how research topics can come together; exploring how savouring could support people in early stages of dementia is one of the idea areas where we could definitely expand on.

Dutch Design Week – DRIVE and Mind The Step

Oktober 21-29 is Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven. At the University of Twente we are preparing our contributions to the DRIVE Design Research and Innovation Festival and to the Mind The Step 4TU exhibition at the Klokgebouw.

At DRIVE (Okt 25+26), Ingeborg Griffioen of Panton and me will talk about the Mind – Designing for dementia project at the Create Health track. Also, in a session on nature inspired design, I will join Karin Tanja-Dijkstra, Thomas van Rompay and Dana Weideman in presenting highlights  of our work on this topic. You can still join the DRIVE festival!

At the Mind The Step exhibition, three student groups who have worked on ‘Smart savoring’ (in the IDE master course on multi sensory design) will showcase their work. Within the theme smart savoring we have explored how technology could support the conscious enjoyment of wonderful moments. Through demonstrators Bloom-e, Felicia and Cloud Out visitors will be able to experience three different types of interaction with technology that might support savoring. Next to this, Merlijn Smits, an IDE master graduate whom I supervised will present the ‘Offlight’, an idea that was developed during her work on her master thesis at Philips Design.


Design for Behaviour Change book – now available!

front pageThe book I co-edited with Kristina Niedderer and Stephen Clune on Design for Behaviour Change is now available from the publisher Routledge as well as from Amazon and (for Dutchies) Bol! Well.. actually, the hardcopy is currently sold out on Bol and Amazon only has 10 copies left… But I’m sure they will be fully stocked again soon 🙂

So great to see how our efforts and that of all contributors led to this wonderful and tangible result.

MinD exchange in the Netherlands

Over the last two weeks, the MinD project team visited the partners in Netherlands: Zorggroep St Maarten, Panton and University of Twente. We presented our progress to the European Commission Officer for the Mid-term Review Meeting and the group set next steps in design development. We have now identified important ‘transitions’: core areas where people with dementia and carers need to adjust to changes. On Thursday July 6th we hosted a successful workshop at Panton where we presented our project and discussed directions for design with participants from both healthcare and design. All materials generated and more reports are available through our project website.

IMG_5756[2]Next up, after the summer holidays, are two more design exchanges in September in Berlin and Barcelona.

Coming soon: Design for Behaviour Change edited book

We have just finished correcting the proofs of our edited book on Design for Behaviour Change (Theories and Practices on Designing for Change) and it will be out in September 2017. This book will be published in the Design for Responsibility series by Routledge and is edited by prof. Kristina Niedderer, dr. Stephen Clune and dr. Geke Ludden. See more.

The book presents an overview of current approaches dedicated to understanding how design may be used intentionally to make changes to improve a range of problematic social and environmental issues. It offers a cross-disciplinary and cross-sectoral overview of different academic theories adopted and applied to design for behaviour change.

The aim of the volume is twofold: firstly, to provide an overview of existing design models that integrate theories of change from differing scientific backgrounds; secondly, to offer an overview of application of key design for behaviour change approaches as used across case studies in different sectors, such as design for health and wellbeing, sustainability, safety, design against crime and social design. Design for Behaviour Change will appeal to designers, design students and practitioners of behavioural change.

Textile Reflexes

In August, the project Textile Reflexes in which we will explore the possibilities of robotic textiles for coaching will start. Textile Reflexes was funded by the Horizon2020 project Wear Sustain and is a collaboration between fashion- and textile designer Hellen van Rees, computer scientist Angelika Mader (UT) and me.

Hellen explains more about the project in this video:


Things 2 Things booklets


As part of the workshop series Things2Things, a one-year-long project of the 3TU Industrial Design programs in the Netherlands, I co- organised the workshop ‘Objects with intent’ that explored the changing role that connected objects can play in everyday life, the intentions they can develop, and how we can design for interactions with such objects.

A booklet was made that captures general findings of all workshops in the series. Specific insights from each workshop were also captured in separate booklets.