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Beatlash – Bringing the social to electro

In his graduation thesis Sascha Naji examined how developments in processing power of mobile devices, new conncetivity possibilities and wearable sensor technology make it possible to let people actively create digital music wherever they go. To understand how such a paradigm shift can be initiated, this project examined the domains that play a role. The [...]

Attack of the buttons

Every year in spring we start Interactive Technology Design with a workshop in which students build there own version of the Simon game. We provide them with tinkering materials and a technology kit to make the Simon game work. The kit consist of a Max patch and an Arduino with a Grove shield,  4 RGB [...]

Human Centred Design: Experiences From Practice

In May 2015 Froukje Sleeswijk Visser taught a workshop to UX design professionals with a human interaction technology or a psychology background. The workshop was organised twice, once in Warsaw and once in Wroclaw by the SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities. The aim of the 3-day workshop was to connect research and application [...]

Symbolically Meaningful Products

Research in positive psychology indicates that consumption of material goods is generally a counterproductive behaviour for happiness. Nonetheless, it is possible to observe how some products seem to defy this negative idea of consumption: Symbolically meaningful products have the ability to make our intentions tangible, to remind us of our aspirations and to keep our [...]

Interaction Design Exhibition – July 1st 14:00-18:00

Come and experience 22 unique interactive product concepts at Industrial Design Engineering on Wednesday July 1st any time between 14:00 and 18:00. You can experience how traces-of-use may improve interaction with connected products, encounter interactive energy coaches to raise your awareness of energy consumption, undergo interactive experiences designed to increase the hospitality on airplanes - [...]

Interaction Design Summer School in Shanghai

This summer Aadjan van der Helm, Tomasz Jaskiewicz, Wei Liu (Tongji University) and Yanrui Qu (Beijing University of Technology) teach an intensive and exciting workshop on design and interactive technology. The design assignment is about energy coaches, devices that help people make energy efficient choices when controlling their office environment. The workshop will take participants [...]

Living with smart objects

The ThingTank project has developed a two narratives about living with smart objects to video. The first video is entitled "Uninvited Guests" and was created by Superflux Lab. The second was entitled "Teacher of Algorithms" was produced by Simone Rebaudengo

Reimagining Interaction Through Animistic Design

On Thursday May 21, Phil van Allen from Art Center Collage of Design staged an inspiring interaction design workshop entitled “Reimagining Interaction Through Animistic Design”. He started by showing some examples from his classes at the Media Design Practices program. Then he set our students to work on how systems and people interact by designing [...]


One of our two big office spaces is called StudioDream (room B-2-220). Here a 20+ of IDStudiolab members work close together, each on his/her own project but collaboration is intentionally unavoidable. The interior breathes a serious atmosphere and with a high ceiling and a carpeted floor this space is more quiet than the other big [...]