Summer school: Design the Future

Do you enjoy designing things and thinking creatively? Are you keen to shape the future through design?

In the Design the Future track, students will be informed about and work with a variety of methods and topics in the broad field of design, ranging from agile design to designing with electronics for smart interactive products. At Twente, we believe in innovative methods and multidisciplinary work. Design can be a great source of innovation, frustration and everything in between. It challenges us to blend our creative insights with our science-based analytical skills. Experienced designers work swiftly towards useful results. At Twente, we focus on innovative and multidisciplinary design, design for behaviour change and co-creation methods.

Example Topics for this course

  • Design the Future
  • Human Centered Design
  • Design for 3D printing
  • Design the Future of RideSharing
  • Design for Social Innovation

Course aim

  • Become a broader design engineer and develop your creative and science-based skills.

Course leaders

Armağan Karahanoğlu is an assistant professor at the Department of Design, Production and Management, University of Twente, Netherlands. Her research focuses on understanding user experience of persuasive and health care technology and developing creative solutions for changing and sustaining (mainly physical activity) behaviour.

Merel Jung is a researcher at the Department of Design, Production and Management at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. Her research interest is on the interaction between humans and technology. Merel's current research focuses on assistive technology for elderly to help increase their level of physical activity. The focus of her previous work was on the use of touch in human-robot interaction. The aim of this PhD project was to enable robots to sense, recognize and interpret human touch in order to respond in a socially appropriate manner.

Course leaders

Course details

  • Methods: Lab work projects, interactive lectures
  • Course level: Intermediate/Advanced
  • Target group: Students in their third Bachelor’s year with an interest in design
  • Required knowledge: Basic understanding of engineering
  • Course leaders:  Armağan Karahanoğlu and Geke Ludden
  • Credits: 2 ECTS for successfully completing the summer school