About me

About me

I am full-professor ‘Design and Theory for Transformative Qualities‘ in the department of Industrial Design, where I am heading the Designing Quality in Interaction group at Eindhoven University of Technology which includes also the chair of prof. Ron Wakkary. Moreover, I am leading, together with prof. Peter de With, the interdepartmental theme Participatory Health & Wellbeing at the TU/e. I develop frameworks, tools and concepts to support designing toward transformation. Within this chair we aim at designing and researching qualities and beauty in materials and interaction, which can elevate (transform) personal / social ethics and related behaviour from an embodied interaction perspective based on theories such as phenomenology. My work addresses e.g. aesthetic interaction, product-service systems, craftsmanship, skills, direct perception theories, health and wellbeing, multi-stakeholder cooperation and innovation.

You can download my inaugural lecture ‘Matter of Transformation: Sculpting a valuable tomorrow”, or have a look at my other publications.

In case you are more interested to watch videos, you can watch a variety of videos, including our Civic Forges: Weaving Neighbourhood channel, or our my design lectures. In case you want to see my vision on design and on our society, you can watch my inaugural lecture. If you want to know more about our department of Industrial Design, you can watch our ID movie. And if you want to see my vision on health and wellbeing, you can watch my TEDxBrainport talk.

My affiliation:

Designing Quality in Interaction group
Department of Industrial Design
Eindhoven University of Technology
Den Dolech 2, LaPlace building
P.O.Box 513, 5600 MB
Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Email: c.c.m.hummels@tue.nl

Twitter: @chummels_tue

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/caroline-hummels
Telephone +31 40 247 5924
Website: http://www.tue.nl/staff/c.c.m.hummels

Recent Posts

Slowly but certainly moving towards 100

Continuing this project next to my regular work (since my sabbatical ended almost a year ago) is quite a challenge, and especially updating the website. Since the summer holidays started, I now have a bit more time to address my adventures the last half year. In 2016, I had 12 encounters up till now.

12 new encounters 2016

At the top row, you see three encounters I had with designers in practice (from left to right: Afdeling Buitengewone Zaken, Less or More and Onmi) about their approaches and visions on design and design research. Moreover, I had the opportunity to have five inspiring encounters with researchers who were visiting the Computer Human Interaction conference in San Jose, CA, USA (from the 2nd row on the left to the right and downwards: George Khut, Dag Svaenas, Gerrit van der Veer, John Zimmerman and Marko Teras) about the direction HCI and design research is taking, and how this relates to social, cultural, philosophical, technological and economical developments in our society. Moreover, Pierre Lévy and I had the pleasure to have an encounter with Veronique Hillen, Dean of Paris d.school, on design thinking and design education (3rd row on the right). I met Gbolagade Ayoola, professor emeritus of Agricultural Economics and Policy and founder and president of Farm & Infrastructure Foundation, in Eindhoven and we discussed amongst other things  the differences between Nigeria and Europe e.g. regarding the role of policy and technology to offer people equal rights. In August, I had a meeting with Maarten Konigs & Hans Robertus from the Holland Branding Group (4th row in the middle) to discuss participatory processes to explore the identity and branding of groups and neighbourhoods to offer people a frame and source of inspiration to act upon. Finally, I explored with Roel Freeke, the director of Necker van Naem, about the role of data, tools and social interaction to support governance and democracy processes. So the counter has reached 79.


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