idSTUDIOLAB 2017-09-18T20:44:02+00:00
  • idStudiolab

    idStudioLab is a design research community. Our work is experience-centered and design-driven. Experience-centered: we regard design as primarily aimed at improving the user experience as a whole, and technology and research as valuable means to that end. Design-driven: our research and education is aimed at developing knowledge and skills that help designers pursue these aims in design. Key elements are understanding people (users, designers, and others) and creative design skills (idea generation, prototyping) in various domains and on various levels.

  • How

    Our work is inherently multi-disciplinary and this is reflected by the background of the people who work here, the fields of theory which we apply and develop, as well as the connections we have with different areas of industry. The research and teaching are focused around User Experience in the research portfolio of the faculty, and closely tied to the MSc and BSc education (especially the MSc program Design for Interaction). It covers a wide range of aspects of human-product interaction and design methods, such as design for (each of) the senses, design and emotion, designing for specific contexts, cultures, or user groups. IDStudioLab hosts research from different groups at the department of Industrial Design, and aims to promote cross-pollenation between projects, between research and education, between making and thinking, between theory and design.

  • Who

    idStudioLab has about 40 active members from staff, students, and guests at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering. This include professors, lecturers, research staff, PhD and MSc students. Most of them have their primary workplace in the studio spaces, some work in diverse locations around the faculty (and beyond). You can find an overview of current members on the people page.

Living Office Design Lab

In the coming weeks, IDE will host another great design research lab, and this lab will focus on work and life at the office, and how design can support or enhance this. The lab is [...]

​Welcome Gustavo López!

Gustavo is PhD researcher from Costa Rica, University of Costa Rica, and will be part of the Studiolab for the coming 6 weeks. His work revolves around developing a conceptual framework for smart device-based notifications [...]

Research through Design

Studiolab members Pieter Jan Stappers and Elisa Giaccardi published a chapter on Research through Design (RtD) in the Encyclopedia of Human Computer Interaction Design. You can read it for free here

LabTalk – September 13, 2017 – Quan Zhou

Transit information design in China Quan Zhou China has developed an innovative, nationwide public transit system. [...]

GuestTalk – May 24, 2017 – Joep Frens

Designing for Rich Interaction in Growing Systems Joep Frens Systems and system design are the next [...]

  • Participatory City Making in Rotterdam

Participatory City Making in Rotterdam

The urban planner is no longer the single city ‘maker'. Different designers, academics, policy makers and citizens give shape to the city. The project Participatory City Making connects current top-down plans with bottom-up initiatives, it [...]

Embassy of Youth – Graduation Project Lisa van de Merwe

‘Embassy of Youth’ was a collaboration with Delft Institute of Positive Design (DIOPD) and Oxfam UK. The project took a positive design approach to see how it could contribute to the community well-being of a [...]


One of our two big office spaces is called StudioDream (room B-2-220). Here a 20+ of IDStudiolab members work close together, each on his/her own project but collaboration is intentionally [...]


One of our office spaces is called StudioMingle (room B-2-140). In this room about 20 IDStudiolab members work together, each on his own project but collaboration is intentionally unavoidable. The [...]


StudioTell is a representative room for running experiments.It has some whiteboard space but no screen or other media facilities. It can fit 20 people and is often booked for organising [...]


StudioShow is our presentation room. This is where we stage the LabTalks and other presentations that require a screen. It is a room that can house 20 people. The available [...]


The hallway on the second floor (B-wing) of our Industrial Design Engineering faculty leads to the entrance door of the IDStudiolab. It has one green wall and a row of [...]


StudioTalk is for data analysis and quick meetings. The room is fitted with steel whiteboard foil from the ceiling to the floor to allow for a large space to hang [...]