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IDEMC7: Thing-Centered Design

Wednesday 22 09.00 until 23 November 2017 19.00

Designing and innovating in the connected everyday

Elisa Giaccardi, Professor Interactive Media Design, IDE, TU Delft

As objects around us begin to collect data and make suggestions about what might be desirable, it is possible that they may even be able to design things that we could never think of. Thing-Centered Design is a new way of researching and designing that looks into the creative possibilities of the Internet of Things.


Designers need to exercise and practice the principles of a technology before they can actually design with it. To this end, this Master Class offers professional designers a mix of inspirational lectures, experimental tools, and workshop sessions that will help them design from a thing-centered perspective.

Learning objectives

During this Master Class, you will:



Programme Day 1

09.00 - 09.30 Registration and welcome drinks

09.30 - 10.00 Introduction and overview

10.00 - 11.00¬†Lecture ‚ÄstFundamentals of Thing-Centered Design

11.00 - 11.30 Break

11.30 - 13.00 Case study - Thing-Centered Design in practice

13.00 - 14.00 Lunch at Industrial Design Engineering

14.00 - 15.30¬†Workshop ‚ÄstDoing research with nonhumans as co-ethnographers

15.30 ‚Äď 16.00 ¬†Break

16.00 ‚Äď 17.00 ¬†Case study by guest speaker:¬†Benefits of Thing-Centered Design I

17.00 ‚Äď 17.30 ¬†Wrap-up and conclusive thoughts

Programme Day 2 

09.30 - 10.00 Reflections and adjustments

10.00 - 11.30¬†Workshop ‚ÄstDesigning with nonhumans as co-designers

11.00 - 11.30 Break

11.30 - 13.00 Workshop with a guest company - Practicing Thing-Centered Design

13.00 - 14.00 Lunch break at Industrial Design Engineering

14.00 - 15.30 Workshop with a guest company - Practicing Thing-Centered Design (continued)

15.30 ‚Äď 16.00 ¬†Break

16.00 ‚Äď 17.00 ¬†Case study by guest speaker:¬†Benefits of Thing-Centered Design II

17.00 ‚Äď 17.30 ¬†Wrap-up and conclusive thoughts

17.30 - 19.00 Drinks and closing

Practical information

How to prepare?
No preparation required.

Hand-outs of all lectures will be provided with space for personal notes. All materials provided are included in the course fee.

After the course Two months after the course, a pre-set consultation timeslot will be offered to all participants to share experiences and ask questions to the IDE Master Class. The format and the timing will be discussed with the participants during the IDE Master Class.

Elisa Giaccardi is full Professor of Interactive Media Design at IDE, TU Delft, where she established the Connected Everyday Lab, a research team exploring the future of design in the emerging landscape of data technologies and artificial intelligence. She is a frequent keynote and TEDx speaker.

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