Garde J.A.

Ir. J.A. Garde (Julia)

Assistant Professor Industrial Design Engineering






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Participatory design, Design for healthcare


Garde, J.A. & M.C. van der Voort (2008). The design of a NICU Patient Area: Combining Design for Usability and Design for Emotion. In: Proceedings of the Design Research Society Biennial Conference 2008. Sheffield, UK.

Garde, J.A. & & M.C. van der Voort (2009). The Procedure Usability Game: A Participatory Game for Development of Complex Medical Procedures & Products. In: Proceedings of the CIRP IPS2 Conference 2009. Cranfield, UK.

Nijkamp, M. & J. A. Garde (2010). A practical approach to translating social cultural patterns into new design. In: Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, pp. 154-259. Trondheim, Norway. Design Society.

Garde, J.A. & M.C. van der Voort (2010). Participation in the Design of Endoscopic Operating Theatres in the Netherlands. In: Proceedings of the PDC conference 2010 ‘Participation::the challenge’. Pp. 263-266. Sidney, Australia. ACM.

Garde, J.A. & M.C. van der Voort (2011). An experience in organizing participatory innovation for a medical company. In: Proceedings of Participatory Innovation conference 2011. Pp.183-186. Sonderborg, Denmark.

Huijing, S.V.S. & J.A. Garde (2011). Applying Virtual Reality for Participatory Design: supporting end-users in the design of an endoscopic operating theatre. In Proceedings of IASDR conference 2011 ‘Diversity and Unity’. Delft, the Netherlands.

Research interests

Julia is a practice oriented researcher in the field of participatory design. She has set-up and managed participatory design projects in the field of product - as well as work process design for industry and hospitals.

The participatory approach is especially relevant for professional end users – users of products developed for the professional market- because these users have valuable experience to contribute to the design process. Julia uses techniques such as scenario’s, role-playing games and serious games to enable participants, who are not used to working and thinking as a designer, to develop new concepts and evaluate the consequences of their design decisions.

Specific current research projects

Participatory design of new work practices for nurses within the new building of the MST hospital (Enschede, The Netherlands)


Julia coordinates and gives classes and projects in the field of Ergonomics an Product Design (Styling).


2007 MSc Industrial Design Engineering (cum laude). Research objective: Redesign of a NICU patient space (conducted at the Isala Clinics, Zwolle)

2007 – present: University of Twente, Laboratory of Design, Production and Management