Designing Quality in Interaction group

Together with prof. Ron Wakkary, I’m heading The Designing Quality in Interaction (DQI) group is one of the four capacity groups within the department of Industrial Design at the Eindhoven University of Technology. The DQI groups exist of two chairs: The Impact of Interaction Design on Everyday Life, run by Ron Wakkary,and Design and Theory for Transformative Qualities, run by me.

Within DQI we focus on how to design for highly interactive systems. With a firm background in research on and teaching Human Product Interaction (HPI), we are now extending our expertise by enhancing interpersonal and societal values, including those in the personal, aesthetic and socio-cultural domains, through the application of highly interactive systems. Within my own chair we explore “How to design for alternative perspectives on society, through evolving products and systems, inspired by (approaches related to) direct perception theories”. We explore qualities (e.g. aesthetic, sensorial, ethical, …) of evolving products and systems that are inspired by direct perception theories. We develop approaches, frameworks, methods, processes, techniques & tools for researching, designing and educating alternative perspectives based on direct perception theories. We research how we can enable the various stakeholders to value, adopt, co-create and/or pass-on alternative perspectives, including the school of thought/theories, approaches and (social) systems.

For previous projects done within the group, have a look at our TU/e website. To see or connect to the members of our group, have a look at our DQI website (although this one is still under construction).

DQI is part of the department of Industrial Design, which focuses on the creation of intelligent systems, products and related services in a societal context. ID have an unique educational modell. More information can be found at the department’s website or on this website.

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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, 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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