Research group Co-design
Lines of research within the research group
Developing solutions for complex issues requires a cross-domain approach, in which stakeholders look for possible solutions and interventions in a design process. The research group presents two lines of research that both influence and contribute to the designing capability of professionals, including both professional designers and non-designers. This capability involves a complete range of knowledge and skills, the availability and ability to use tools, methods, and a repertoire of case descriptions for systemic and inclusive designs.
Systemic design connects the strong, creative aspects of design thinking with existing perspectives on complexity of system thinking. Through a systemic approach - taking into account the past, present and future - new and innovative solutions can be designed for challenges in our complex and dynamic society. When designing these solutions, the system, the organic set of collaborative individual components, must be considered with all interconnected parties involved and how they are connected to each other.
- Chiwawa: Creative research methods
- Future probing
- Ontwerpen voor duurzaam gebruik van producten binnen product-dienst systemen
- Smart Solar Charging
Inclusive design takes into account a diversity of stakeholders in the co-design process, it does not exclude anyone. The various actors who are part of the system are involved in the development, evaluation, and implementation of solutions. They are the experts or professionals involved, and the users of the solutions, such as citizens, clients, and students. All stakeholders take this diversity into account when designing solutions, so all intended users can make optimal use of it. Inclusivity is therefore about both inclusive participation in the process and design choices.
- How active are you?! Activity monitoring in children
Racerunning for young children with a severe physical disability
Increasing physical activity in young children with severe physical disabilities with the racerunner. This is a novel device that is appealing to children and can help them to be more physically active.
How active are you?! Activity monitoring in children
Physical activity is essential for all children, with and without disabilities. Pediatric physical therapists support children to participate in physical activities and facilitate a physically active lifestyle. So far, no valid and feasible activity monitor is available to measure the level of physical activity in children.
The aim of this research group is to stimulate design as a way of thinking, of doing research and of innovating - also referred to as ‘design thinking’ - both inside and outside the HU. We are also committed to embedding and disseminating this approach in education, and to improving the quality of education.
“The designer is like a midwife: guiding, nudging and pushing if necessary, but always aware that real change comes from the people involved. They are the ones who perform and secure the eventual transformation.”Remko van der Lugt Professor of Co-Design