ID-StudioLab is a design research community. Our work is experience-centered and design-driven. Experience-centered: we regard design as primarily aimed at improving the user experience as a whole, and technology and research as valuable means to that end. Design-driven: our research and education is aimed at developing knowledge and skills that help designers pursue these aims in design. Key elements are understanding people (users, designers, and others) and creative design skills (idea generation, prototyping) in various domains and on various levels.
ID-StudioLab has about 40 active members from staff, students, and guests at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering. We include professors, scientific staff and research staff, PhD and MSc students. Half of them have their primary workplace in the studio spaces, the other half work in diverse locations around the faculty (and beyond). You can find an overview of current members (and past members) on the People page.
Central location of the ID-StudioLab community are the studios, located in rooms 2A-X to 2A-Y. The studios form a closely packed combination of office space, electronics lab, prototyping area, workshop space, and analysis room, linked by a corridor. You can find a map of the spaces and instructions for getting to us on the directions page.
Our work is inherently multi-disciplinary, and this is reflected by the background of the people who work here, the fields of theory which we apply and develop, as well as the connections we have with different areas of industry.
The research and teaching are focused around User Experience in the research portfolio of the faculty, and closely tied to the MSc and BSc education (especially the MSc program Design for Interaction). It covers a wide range of aspects of human-product interaction and design methods, such as design for (each of) the senses, design and emotion, designing for specific contexts, cultures, or user groups.
ID-StudioLab hosts research from different groups at the department of Industrial Design, and aims to promote cross-pollenation between projects, between research and education, between making and thinking, between theory and design. On the research page, you can find an overview of current themes.
Where to look?
The main website has links to theme, project, and group pages highlighting general plans and overviews. But you’ll also find materials on the individual people’s pages, where members describe their research and education work, and provide further documentation and links.