Light, Space and Time
Light, space and time have in common that they manifest themselves only when captured by something else, whether it is a physical surface or a scheduled appointment. The projects on display within this subtheme demonstrate not only this phenomenon, but more; they show how we can influence the perception of light, space and time through intelligent designs of intelligent designers. The work exhibited here demonstrates this in a range of application areas, by showing novel, explorative interactions with phenomena that have been around since the beginning of time (and light, and space).
Health and Wellbeing
Health and wellbeing have always been of great interest for the department of Industrial Design but will become more relevant in the decade(s) to come. For example, it is evident that ageing will in the near future need to be reapproached with an eye on socio-emotional factors such as prolonged independent living, a sense of belonging and giving meaning to one’s life after losing a loved one. These are only a few examples in an array of related issues, not even mentioning the economic consequences of an ageing society. Other relevant topics in health and wellbeing include obesity and creating healthy eating patterns, stress-reduction and active living. To name a few.Play, Learning and Creativity
Play, Learning and Creativity
The work in this subtheme show how intelligent designs can lead to engaging interactions operating between intellectual stimulation and leisure. All exhibits demonstrate new approaches towards a world that can be playful, educational creatively tantalizing without resorting to ‘easy scores’. Through cleverness and finesse these exhibits pay tribute to the outstanding ability of their creators – our students - to spark playfulness and creativity in themselves, in the process of self-directed learning. As such, these exhibits also pay respect to our department.
Culture and Subculture
Identity has recently become a frequent topic for discussion in the Netherlands, or rather, a victim of insecure times; our national identity seems to be in need of preservation. This communicates a static notion of identity, rather than seeing it as a phenomenon in continuous transformation; a manifestation of historic values confronted with the present. At Industrial Design we have a rich tradition in crossing (inter)cultural boundaries and regarding human diversity and uniqueness as enriching and inspiring. At ID’12 we devote a subtheme to projects aimed at opening up cross-cultural interaction and celebrating the idiosyncratic value of subcultures.
Conceptual Materials and Interactions
As designers of the future ID students explore opportunities, rather than problems; they envision potential future societies and anticipate on the repercussions on the craft of industrial design. This encompasses among other things exploring new materials and forms of interaction, but also touches on the ethical implications of our design decisions. This subtheme presents a conceptual look at the future of living with artifacts. And vice versa.