Four Industrial Design Projects to be showcased at Dubai Design Week 2017

Dubai Design Week 2017

Dubai Design Week is one of the world’s newest and most ambitious international design events, conceived to shine a spotlight on Dubai as a leading design hub, and share the UAE’s thriving design scene with the world at large. Dubai Design Week will be held this year from 13-18 November. 

Dubai Design Week was established in 2015 by Art Dubai Group in partnership with Dubai Design District (d3). In Dubai’s collaborative spirit, and as a reflection of the city’s global outlook, its design week is both regional and international in scope, encompasses public and private spheres, culture, education and entertainment, and spans multiple disciplines, ranging from graphic and product design to architecture and industrial design. Panels, keynote speeches, panel discussions, public performances and educational workshops all contribute to the greater discussion of what design means for the region and the world.

The Global Grad Show is an exhibition of groundbreaking works from the world’s leading design schools, held each year as part of Dubai Design Week.Since launching in 2015, the show has grown to become the world’s largest student gathering,representing 75 of the world’s best design schools, from 40 countries on 6 continents. For its 2017 edition will present over 200 graduate projects grouped under the themes of Connect, Empower and Sustain. 

We are proud to announce that of these projects four of our students have been selected to participate in the exhibition in November 2017!

Joca van der Horst (Bachelor Graduate) - Onda

Recent developments in nano coatings (based on titanium dioxide and copper) open the possibility for textiles to clean the air. Onda is a system designed to make this air purification process easy, effective and visible to users.

People choose a frame and custom textile design that fits their style. By pressing on the fabric, light shows the general air quality for a limited time; fading in various levels of the human breathing rhythm: slow and calm means that the air is clean, while stressed and fast fading indicates the presence of pollution.

Joca was also the Innovation winner at the BRAINS Awards in Eindhoven.

Felix Ros (Master Graduate) - Stewart II

A haptic interface designed for a self-driving car. Stewart II builds upon the previous Stewart concept that allows for a haptic dialogue between car and driver. The new prototype is fully interactive and will be used for future research and testing in an autonomous vehicle. The final objective is to design a haptic language that enables intuitive communication between man and machine. 

Felix was the recipient of the prestigious Golden A' Design Award as well as first place at the HMi Awards in Berlin. 

Mantas Palaima (Master graduate) - SCIFT

SCIFT is a concept of shape-changing interface for semi-autonomous cars mid console. The surface of this interface changes according to what functionality is needed at the moment. The most important improvement is, instead of using GUIs, this new method is introducing shape-changing interfaces, which act as “just-in-time affordances” inviting user for a specific interaction. When providing haptic feedback, in this type of interaction user should not lose focus of the road when in control of the vehicle.

Miguel Cabral Guerra and José Gallegos Nieto - AWAIR

Awair is the result of a semester-long design exploration by Miguel Cabral Guerra and José Gallegos Nieto within the Autonomous Vehicles squad at the Industrial Design Department of TU/e. It is a concept for a table which, with the use of soft robotics, enhances situational awareness in autonomous vehicles through a visual and haptic interface.