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Mind the Step 2016
22 - 30 OCTOBER 2016
Klokgebouw Eindhoven

Discover the power of technology, research, and design.

In just a few years Mind The Step has become an essential link for Dutch Design Week. Innovation and development from a technological context is only one (not unimportant) part of the puzzle. There where we are able to incorporate the human perspective by adding designers to the mix with questions like what people want to use, how and in what social context, with whom, under which conditions and how can we accept the changes we develop insights, services, and products with true impact. Mind the Step tackles this puzzle with fervor.


Martijn Paulen, director Dutch Design Week

Big Data

Data is the natural gas, oil and coal of the 21st century. Without data no modern society. 

The role of data, how we collate it, what we do with it and why we bring it together is a wonderful starting principle for state-of-the-art design with an almost incomprehensible potential.

One of the exhibited projects. You can download the full set of projects below.


Take a look at more projects of all themes: Art Experience, Big Data, Circular Economy, Design for Debate, Health, Future City, Materials, Wearables, Automotive

Design for Debate

Some design is not to be used for a tangible, everyday purpose, but mainly to start a dialogue. 

The perfect subject to discuss during an exhibition. A meaning ful interaction between user and designer, the two who definitely cannot do without each other for good design.

One of the exhibited projects. You can download the full set of projects below.


Take a look at more projects of all themes: Art Experience, Big Data, Circular Economy, Design for Debate, Health, Future City, Materials, Wearables, Automotive

Health

Our wellbeing is increasingly the starting point for design.

 Getting better, recovering, staying fit, improving performance and especially keeping a grip on the parameters related to health and illness are of increasing importance.

One of the exhibited projects. You can download the full set of projects below.


Take a look at more projects of all themes: Art Experience, Big Data, Circular Economy, Design for Debate, Health, Future City, Materials, Wearables, Automotive

Materials

The arrival of data, which we can consider immaterial, has certainly not done away with the importance of material development. 

Our physical environment calls for better, cheaper, more durable, less polluting, more applicable materials. Designers have not sat still.

One of the exhibited projects. Download the full set of projects below.


Take a look at more projects of all themes: Art Experience, Big Data, Circular Economy, Design for Debate, Health, Future City, Materials, Wearables, Automotive

More Themes

Art Experience

Circular Economy

Future City

Wearables

Automotive

circular economy | Products are conceived, designed, realized, used and disposed of, destroyed. This simple yet deadly line representing a product’s life cycle inevitably results in the total depletion of the earth’s resources. The Circular Economy theme deals with ways of designing products so we can transform their lifespan from a straight line to a circle, and functionally re-use the greatest amount of material with the least amount of energy. Healthy and profitable.


design conversations | Designers don’t simply think about how they create products, services and systems, they also think about the process. Discover how designers think, and learn about this unusual kind of design that is meant to encourage reflecting on the design process, and inspire both designers and users.


home | There are few places where design matters more than in the home. The home has become a hub of almost all our activities. Not just eating, sleeping, and enjoying free time – together or alone – more than ever, home is where we seek inspiration, and where we work. ‘Living’ and ‘home’ have become multi-purpose terms to which the designers contribute or respond.


material innovations | No matter how virtual life becomes, we cannot survive without the material world. We need constructions for housing, working, finding shelter, and for our physical mobility. The development of 3D printing is opening up unprecedented new possibilities – the sky’s the limit. And that’s not all. Ice is another incredibly versatile material we use to create.


Take a look at more projects of all the themes:  Circular Economy, City, Design Conversations, Future Mobility, Health, Home, Material Innovations, and Wearables.

Colofon

Steering Committee

  • TU/e: mr. Jo van Ham, Chairman (Executive Board) prof.dr.ir. Aarnout Brombacher (Industrial Design) prof.dr.ir. Philip de Goey (Mechanical Engineering) prof.ir. Elphi Nelissen (Architecture, Building and Planning). prof.ir. Ena Voûte (TU Delft), prof.dr.ir. Aarnout Brombacher (TU/e), prof.dr. Geert Dewulf (UTwente), prof.ir. Daan van Eijk (TU Delft), ir. Bart Ahsmann (TU Delft)

Project Committee

  • Project leader: dr. Lucas Asselbergs Project coordinator: Jeanette Schoumacher. Project assistants: Simon Bavinck, Ellen Konijnenberg, Mitchell Multem, Ben Muntinga, Ingmar Nieuweboer

Design United

  • Eindhoven University of Technology Architecture, Building and Planning: Ir. Tom Veeger, Industrial Design: dr.ir. Miguel Bruns, Jeanette Schoumacher, dr.ir. Stephan Wensveen
  • Delft University of Technology Industrial Design Engineering: dr.ir. Maaike Kleinsmann, Adinda de Lange, ir. Matthijs Netten, Angeline Westbroek
  • University Twente Industrial Design Engineering: ir. Julia Garde, dr.ir. Mascha van der Voort

Design Exhibition / Graphic Design

  • Volle-Kracht | concept
  • Mirjam Houben

Photography

  • Bart van Overbeeke, Exhibitors

Text & Translation

  • Rekers & van Noppen, dr. Lucas Asselbergs

Editors

  • dr. Lucas Asselbergs, Jeanette Schoumacher

Communication

  • Karin van Dorst, Charlotte van den Heuvel, Kitty Klinkhamer, Jeanette Schoumacher, Joyce de Vaan, Jochem Vreemans, Angeline Westbroek

Let’s face it, Dutch Design Week is the perfect week for visitors to nourish themselves on splendid and exclusive designs, expertly made, original, challenging and artistic. What really makes the week so attractive is the immediate pleasure that much of what is on show evokes. But a discernible shift is taking place. Dutch Design Week is increasingly concerned with the social meaning of design and the exhibits comment in some way on our society. Technology plays an increasingly prominent role here. Ideally, technology continually improves our lives. We only need to reflect on the past to consider all the major inventions that have turned our lives upside down, from the first tools that amplified our strength to appliances that support or take over our thought processes, like calculators and computers, and now, especially the internet. We are tossed back and forth between wonderment for technology (unlimited possibilities, it will not be long before we go to Mars or become immortal) and the fear that technology will land in the hands of the sorcerer’s apprentice who will ultimately destroy our world. Sustainability, privacy, and safety, these themes dominate too when the application of technology is debated. In Mind the Step it is all about an attempt to utilize technology to optimize the connection of needs and opportunities within society. This happens when we look at the Mind the Step exhibits mainly in a scientific context with designs as actual points in a series of iterations. We invite the visitor to look at, examine and test these designs that are the result of technology and research and, most especially, think about them and enter a dialogue about them. In this catalogue you will find all the exhibits and more information about the makers, the faculties, research departments, and companies involved. This too is a point for continual development on the road to design, where technology and research lead to fascinating tools for tackling the challenges of the future. Enjoy and seek inspiration.

Dr. Lucas Asselbergs, Project leader Mind the Step