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TU Eindhoven & the mourning… April 29, 2011

Posted by reto wettach in innovative interfaces, service design, social computing.
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(image: booklet from the Department of Industrial Design, TU Eindhoven)

Last week I met my inspiring friend Caroline Hummels again, who is professor at the department of Industrial Design at the University of Eindhoven. This department developed a strong reputation through their research activity by focusing on the design of „intelligent systems, products and related services” – this is a surely modern way of describing the field of Industrial Design!

The education approach at the TU Eindhoven is well described in the booklet “Developing the competence of designing intelligent systems”: 5 development stages are defined (blank, awareness, depth, expertise, visionary) and the tool-set, which students have to learn at each stage.

Furthermore I like the strong intervening of research and education, which Eindhoven claims to live and which shows in the quality of the students’ projects. The strong focus on high-end prototypes and wonderful documentations (see picture).

I like to mention the project “Living Memory” by the master student Lizette Reitsma, especially as one of the master students I am supervising, Eva Burneleit, is doing research in a similar direction: Lizette explored a system, which “guides people who lost a dear-one through their mourning process by keeping memory alive”. For the symbolic representation of this guiding display, Lizette is suggesting a blooming flower. Unfortunately I could not find the full documentation online!

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