Designing Quality in Interaction (DQI)

Main research interest (DSC/e related)

The group consist of two chairs: Transformative Qualities and Everyday Interactions. The first focuses on how the aesthetic qualities of interactive artefacts in embodied interaction are transformative, i.e. elevate people’s personal and social ethics and influence their behaviour, and how to support designing for these qualities. The second focuses on the role of interaction design in our actual and future everyday practices, as our everyday technological and social lives continue to emerge.

We are developing and applying the (data-enabled design) approach. We offer various prototypes, observe and sense people’s situated behaviour, and explore how to measure transformation through various forms of data. Moreover, we innovate in emerging areas of wearable technologies, digital fabrication and personalization, and the Internet of Things. We use data based co-design processes for ultra personalized products, services, and systems and investigate social practices of families in their homes.

Success stories

The Data Enabled Design approach is developed in collaboration with Philips Design, and applied to at least eight cases within Philips and presented to companies like Coca Cola, Airbus, Philips Avent and Stokke. Based on this project of our PhDs, Philips Design aims at setting-up a dedicated group around Data-Enabled Design.

For the Prinsjesdag Project, we integrated body-scan technologies, 3D printing, parametric design, and novel textile techniques to design a dress and shoes based on the 3D body scan of Minister Bussemaker.

Project examples

  • Family Health (Data-Enabled Design) 
    Impuls 1Perinatal Monitoring / Philips Design
    Developing a data-enabled design framework and tools to support and discover meaningful experiences in the context of family health.
  • [X]changing perspectives
    Impuls 1 / Necker van Naem / City of Eindhoven
    Developing a product service system that stimulates participatory sensemaking between different stakeholders about public issues.
  • Embodied Smart Textile Services
    CRISP program Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs
    The integration of design, technologies, and creative industries in product service systems that are healthy, sustainable, and personalized, such as Vigour and Textales.