Post-doc Researchers

Alex Zakkas
With a background in visual arts and interaction design, Alex Zakkas explores possibilities for cross-fertilization between the two disciplines. He is a keen observer of the diverse ways in which people relate to their material environment, to themselves and to others. Through interventions and experiments, he attempts to access and reveal these relationships in a way that can inspire designers. In collaboration with the DIoPD, he intents to generate first-hand experiences that will widen and refine designers’ sensitivity to emotional complexity.
Irene Kamp
After studying Industrial Design Engineering in Delft, Irene worked as a freelance designer on various comfort related projects. During her PhD project she worked at BMW in Munich and studied car interior features that increase the pleasure and comfort experience of the driver and passengers. As a postdoc researcher at the DIOPD she focuses on how to design and assess products contributing to the user’s happiness.

Doctoral candidates

Andrés Felipe Aguirre Aguirre
Andrés is a doctoral student in Electronics Sciences at the University of Cauca (Colombia) where he also did his Master’s degree in Computer Science and his undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering. He has worked in different areas of computing, but his main interest is the user experience. He has always been passionate about studying the inherent components of digital experiences. Now his work is focused on evaluating user satisfaction from an emotional approach.
Angela Patricia Villareal Freire
Doctoral candidate at Electronic Sciences in the Universidad del Cauca, member of the Investigación y Desarrollo en Ingeniería de Software research group (IDIS) in Colombia with background in Systems Engineering and Computing. Working in the software sales department and in the programming area, she perceived the impact of a good interface design since it completely influences the users perception. In that moment it was initiated her principal interest, that is in Human-Computer Interaction area and how to improve web interfaces through good practices of design. Nowadays she is working on how to build more attractive interfaces for the children’s attention deficit disorder treatment under the belief that with good interface design it can be enhanced their concentration level.
Juan Carlos Ortiz Nicolás
PhD student researching user experience in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College London. He is interested in understanding how consumers experience positive encounters with products. Juan Carlos was granted a three-year PhD-fund to explore and develop tools based on an emotion and user experience innovation approach.
Wan Jou She (Lavender)
Young, passionate, humorous, lovely and empathic.That’s all you should know about this researcher. Wan Jou, who’d prefer to be called Lavender, has a deep interest in human relationships and subjective well-being. With the graphic design and English literature background, Lavender’s PhD research deals with various types of relationship loss such as separation, death and breakup. In this study she explores design directions that can nudge and facilitate individuals’ loss coping processes and provide a meaningful and constructive ways of coping with loss.

Master students

Gracia Murris 
Gracia was always fascinated with the interactions between humans, as well as between humans and products. It is only natural she chose to develop herself through the master Design for Interaction. Here she became intrigued with the emotions and motivations that drove human interactions. However, as an animal lover, she recognizes we are not the only living beings on this planet: it is essential to also look to the interactions with animals. Her graduation project aims to create meaningful interactions between human and cats to develop their relationship in a positive way in order to prevent the relinquishment of cats.
Andreas D’Hollandere
After graduating as a Bachelor within the field of graphic/webdesign and as a Bachelor industrial product design in Belgium, Andreas loved to become more specialised in user interactions and how emotions and moods can be influenced and used within products and experiences. As a graduating student within the master’s program Design for Interaction, Andreas is currently researching the subject of how olfaction can improve the well-being of elderly with dementia in periods of stress. This graduation project gives him the opportunity to research a completely new field within interaction design, olfactory experience design with a strong link to well-being.
Andriy Yasynetskyy
Andriy has a cross-cultural background, with a BA degree in Industrial Design from Technical University of Lisbon (Portugal), and previous education in Art History. He started his career in Denmark where he learned from the best of Scandinavian design at several design studios, among whom was the most awarded design consultancy Jacob Jensen Design.Andriy is currently enrolled in the MSc program Design for Interaction in TU Delft, plus the Honours Programme Delft, conducting a research project within Human-Robot Interaction domain, focused on creating design guidelines for future Care Robots Design.
anna Anna Pestalozza
Anna completed her bachelor in Product Design at the Politecnico di Milano, with a thesis focused on designing a piece of urban furniture for city suburbs that would contribute to improve the lives of residents in such areas. Inspired by this experience and by how design interventions can affect society, she applied for the Master in Design for Interaction at the TU Delft. She then turned her interest into Medisign, and into how the Positive Design approach could be integrated in the design of medical products. She is triggered by the challenge of combining the intrinsic beauty that characterises traditional design pieces with new technologies. For her graduation she worked on the redesign of telehealth products tailored to psychological profiles of chronic patients. The project was carried on in collaboration with Philips Research. It included psychological research to understand the motivational and behavioural patterns of patients belonging to different profiles and the development of different versions of a blood pressure monitor, each one tailored to one specific profile.
Barbara Große-Hering
Barbara studied Product and Environment Design at the “Hochschule für Gestaltung Schwäbisch Gmünd“ (University of Design) in Germany. Through this time she did internships at several product design agencies such as Jahn Design, Cultureform and Feiz Desgin Studio. In 2010 she started the Master program Design for Interaction at the TU Delft, specialising in Technology in Sustainable Development.
Currently she is graduating in the Human Interaction & Experience Group at Philips Research on the project ‘How to use Slow Design to make products more sustainable?’. The goal of the project is to explore how a huger bond between products and users can be created by applying the ‘Slow Design Principles’.
Chanmi Kim
Chanmi is a graduating student from the masters program, Design for Interaction. She believes that the power of design is in bringing meaningful changes to people’s everyday lives. Chanmi has a genuine interest in the subject of mood. She is now working on her graduation project to uncover the relation between mood and contextual factors in order to design an environment (including product and service) that causes people to have a certain mood, which would lead them to have positive experiences. Chanmi has a background and experience in interior and spatial design and research on cultural differences.
Christiaan Kieft
Christiaan did his bachelor programme IDE in Delft, where he continued with the master Design for Interaction. During his master he learned how design can have influence on social behaviour and subjective wellbeing. In his graduation project for D66, the Dutch democratic party, he is aiming to design a product that will increase the involvement of voters to their political party of choice. In his project he is focussing on the essence of democracy, the role and behaviour of voters in the current democracy and how affective involvement in politics can be a part of the subjective wellbeing.
Elske van der Ende
Elske started her bachelor at Industrial Design in 2009 for her a perfect combination of technology and creativity. During her bachelor she found out that she was mostly interested in the user and how they experience products. Design for interaction was the master that fitted this interests. In her master project she is combining her love for animals and people into a project for birdpark Avifauna. The goal of this project is to optimise the experience the visitors have at this park.
our team-emma Emma Heijerman
Emma is currently graduating from the master ‘Integrated Product Design.’ As a designer she likes exploring contexts as a starting point for a project, thus her graduation project has more of a ‘Design for Interaction’ set-up. She is graduating for the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, for which she will design a support for people with bothersome tinnitus that will help them learn to live with tinnitus.
Fleur van Midwoud
During her bachelor programme at IDE in Delft, Fleur discovered an interest in user-centred design, which became a leading topic during product design projects in her master Integrated Product Design. For her graduation project, she studies the application of Reversal Theory together with two other graduation students. What interests her is that the theory claims that a certain kind of instability is essential for a full and happy life. In order to bring this into practice, the group creates a guideline for other designers to show how the theory can be applied to design products and services that have a better impact on people’s emotions, motivations and needs. This guide forms the basis for the individual challenge to design a product for the KLM to create a better air travel experience, focussing on the changes in the passenger’s mental energy level.
Fleur van Uffelen
During the last project of her bachelor (which she did in Delft) Fleur discovered her predilection for design for interaction and the importance of the consideration of emotions in the design process.
For her graduation project Fleur is working at the Dienst Justitiele Inrichtingen (the organization that manages all prisons in the Netherlands) to research and redesign the experience in isolation cells and make this a more rich and sensory experience, in order to shorten the time prisoners stay in the isolation cell.
Picture_DIOPD Frank Stemerding
After completing the bachelor degree of Industrial Design Engineering in Delft, Frank decided to grasp human-product interaction and its effect on human well-being by continuing with the Master Design for Interaction in Delft. Frank believes design should not just lend a hand, it should make life more pleasurable. He tries to accomplish this by focusing on the use of game experiences in non-gaming contexts. In his graduation project Frank is trying to increase work engagement for employees whose job is currently changing due to automation by using gamification.
Geert Brinkman
My name is Geert Brinkman and I am a Design for Interaction student at the Delft University of Technology. As I believe a design’s function is experiential, taking emotions into consideration when designing is necessary to make truly engaging products. As a research intern I’m part of a collaboration adapting Hans Ruitenberg’s Tiny task concept to the work environment. Working with psychologists from the Positive Organizational Psychology Lab of Erasmus University Rotterdam makes this internship really interesting.
Hans Ruitenberg
Interaction Designer at ICEMOBILE
Hans has worked on the domain of positive emotion and well-being from a design perspective. In his thesis ‘Design for Subjective Well-Being’, he developed designs to answer the question: ‘Can strategies for subjective well-being be translated into or supported by tangible designs that inspire and persuade people to adopt these strategies into their daily lives?’ Together with the DIOPD he has set up a pilot project for Tinytask; the product-service that resulted from his thesis.
Hester Hester van Zuthem
During her bachelor IDE at the TU Delft, Hester developed an interest in the social aspects of design. She continued her studies with a master in ‘Design for Interaction’ and ‘Design Cultures’ (VU Amsterdam), and seeks to understand how designers can (positively) impact society. Hester was assisting the Tinytask research project and got inspired by theories of the Positive Design movement: how can we increase the well-being of individuals and communities? Especially the latter aspect, community well-being, is an unexplored field in design practices that will be the scope of her graduation project. Hester will carry out her graduation project in collaboration with Waag Society. The context of her graduation project is ‘Stadsdorp Nieuwmarkt’, a group of local residents of the neighbourhood in Amsterdam who wants to form a cohesive and active community that can serve as a local social safety net when needed. Leading question in the project will be: What are design opportunities to enhance community well-being in general, and in Stadsdorp Nieuwmarkt in particular?
our team-hui Hui Lin
After completing his bachelor degree of Industrial Design at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China, Hui continued his design study at TU Delft, doing the master program ‘Design for Interaction’. Hui has been fascinated by how design can influence people’s emotion, behavior and in the very end, well-being. After an internship on ‘Tinytask’, which about how design can be integrated with subjective well being theories, Hui decided to explore more on the topic of design for emotion by applying positive design thinking into his graduation project, a project aims to enhance consumers’ engagement with personal financial management by using mobile technology, trying to introduce emotion elements into application design, which is an unexplored field for mobile application developer.
Hyunjoo Bae
Hyunjoo Bae has been interested in design for emotion and the color. As a research intern, she has started a project related to mood and colors of the light. She is exploring how people can interact with the lights as a tool to regulate their mood. In future, Hyunjoo would like to make people have more positive experiences in daily life through her design research.
Ilaria Scarpellini
Ilaria recently graduated at IDE in Integrated Product Design & Design for Interaction. Since 2011 she has been actively involved with the DIOPD. She collaborated to the research “Positive emotions in human-product interactions” and “Measuring product meaning”. She also developed the “Emotion Rainbow”, to support designers that are willing to include positive emotional aspects in their projects. During her graduation project, she investigated the implications of the Reversal Theory in the design process and developed the sensitizing tool “Carousel of Feelings”. At the moment she is research and education assistant for the DIOPD.
Ilona Owusu
Ilona is an emerging Design Researcher and Psychologist. She is graduating at Technical University of Delft with M.Sc. in Design for Interaction and simultaneously at University of Mannheim with M.Sc. in Psychology whilst doing freelance user research work alongside her two degrees. Ilona’s experience so far has included working with Frog Design, Design Research Lab Berlin and the Universities of Kassel, Mannheim and Heidelberg in industrial and academic projects as an intern or independently. Passion and fascination fuel Ilona’s commitment to working with a wide variety of people from different backgrounds. Her graduation project combines two disciplines, aiming to design and evaluate human product interactions that elicit positive emotions in elderly people with dementia.
our team-Iris ploum Iris Ploum
Iris did her bachelor programme at IDE in Delft and continued with the master Design for Interaction. Starting with this master, she became interested in how design can contribute to people’s happiness. She has always been fascinated by how people think and behave, especially in a social context. In 2012 she participated with four other Design for Interaction students, from TU Delft, to the Microsoft Design Expo. The team designed a social elevator, called Lift Life. Currently Iris is graduating on the topic Gratitude. She is collaborating with Creatuals, a company that designs creative rituals and supervised by Anna Pohlmeyer and Pieter Desmet. With a new coffee / tea ritual, Iris aims to make people more aware of the good things in their lives, to become more grateful and happy.
ourteam-Jens Jens Claus
Jens completed his Bachelor degree at IDE and continued with the Master Design for Interaction where he became very interested in the role possessions can have in people’s lives. The courses Design for Emotion & Subjective Well-Being and Design for Happiness sparked his interest on how people can find deeper meaning in user-product interaction. His passion gradually shifted from designing towards research. After a research internship at a user experience consultancy, he started his research thesis on Experience Enablers.
our team-jonas Jonas Bähr
Born in eastern Berlin and growing up in the Netherlands for most of his life, Jonas has always struggled with the abundance and obsolete character of conventional design. While studying Design for Interaction at the TU Delft he fell in love with the hopeful vision of DIOPD: Design for human flourishing.
At the moment Jonas is graduating to shed some light on the question: how to design for mood regulation? Together with ‘International Flavors & Fragrances’ this question is being approached from a fragrance perspective. Which brings up a new question: how to design for scents? Its fascinating journey about a new field that is characterised by unexplored opportunities for interaction designers. More on that during the final presentation in september, so stay tuned!
Josephine Vlaanderen
Her whole life, Josephine has been wanted to make others feel good about themselves.  For her graduation, she got the chance to bring a bit of happiness to lives of very sick children, who are hospitalized on the Intensive and High Care in the Wilhelmina Children’s hospital in Utrecht. She found that these children start to feel different and lonely, when being there for longer times. During her graduation, Josephine will explore how the new playroom can facilitate the means to get in contact with peers, at times they have the need to play and socialize.
Katja Leuschner
In order to complete her two Masters, Integrated Product Design and Design for Interaction, Katja is graduating at Philips Research with a project aimed at ‘Motivating behavioral change in hospital staff to reduce delirium in ICU patients’. In order to guarantee acceptance and effectiveness of such a product, enhancing the well-being of the staff is a central focus point
Linxi Li
I studied creative media in my bachelor in China. During that, I was charmed by the diverse roles design can play in people’s daily life. As a graduating student within master program of Design for Interaction, I’m currently doing a graduation project on design for meaningful goals and well-being.
Lisa Lisa van de Merwe
After her Bachelor at IDE, Lisa continued with the Master ‘Design for Interaction’. She became interested in how people have certain rituals and habits that influence their well-being. In her graduation project, she studies the habit of social comparisons and how it drives overconsumption. Together with DIOPD and Oxfam UK, Lisa investigates how a collaborative activity that strengthens social assets can provide an alternative experience in order to enhance community well-being of a neighbourhood with a low social index.
our-team-lotte Lotte Jacobse
Master student ‘Design for Interaction’
After completing her bachelor degree in Delft, Lotte really found her interest as a designer within the master ‘Design for Interaction’. Using design to initiate meaningful user-product and user-user interactions that result in new and valuable experiences, is where products can make an actual difference. For her graduation she is working together with Spuni and DIOPD. The project challenge is to create a product that contributes to the happiness of early parents and their infants, by initiating a meaningful experience.
ourtem-Maik Maik de Rooij
Maik is currently graduating from his master’s degree ‘Design for Interaction’ at the faculty of Industrial Design Engineering in Delft. During his bachelor at the same faculty, he became interested in how design can have a positive impact on the lives of people. As a designer, Maik loves to dive into a new context to explore design opportunities. His graduation project is about designing a product that supports psychiatric adolescents in coping with a psychological crisis. He is working together with Karakter, an institution for child and adolescent psychiatry in several places in the Netherlands.
Minsung Kim
In his previous working experience as a product designer (particularly consumer electronics) in S.Korea, his biggest value was designing a product that makes people smile by means of form giving and interactions. Now, he wants to go beyond his previous expertise, and is enthusiastic about applying experience-driven design approaches, aiming to create positive user experiences. At the master program ‘design for interaction’ of TU Delft, he is working on a graduation thesis project that focuses on facilitating positive commuting experiences for Seoul citizens with smart future buses.
Muryani Kasdani
Muryani did her Bachelor study in Visual Communication Design in University of Pelita Harapan, Indonesia. She did her practicum in Concordia University, Nebraska, in the United States. Upon her graduation, she worked as a graphic designer in a design studio in Singapore for two years. She’s currently enrolled in the master program of Design for Interaction in TU Delft.
Nathalie Nieuwhof
During her master Integrated Product Design , Nathalie discovered positive design as a way for her to create meaningful products and to add to the beauty of everyday life. Her passion for various creative pursuits, such as knitting and printmaking, has been rekindled over the past few years. For her graduation she is now exploring how design can encourage engagement in such creative hobbies, with the aim to make leisure time be experienced as more fulfilling.
Nienke van der Straten
During a bachelor degree in Industrial Design Engineering at the TU Delft, Nienke became fascinated by the power of design. The opportunity to design for human flourishing gives her the motivation to dive into the users’ ind. Coming from the master “Integrated Product Design”, she is now using the positive design thinking to address the problem of lonely elderly in Rotterdam for her graduation.
Paula van den Boer
From the moment she was introduced to the DIOPD approach in design Paula felt home. It covers the responsibility she feels as a designer to not just design things that make people’s lives easier or more efficient. The data-driven world we’re living in often does not leave much room for people to ‘simply’ experience human moments. As a (interaction) designer Paula uses her skills to empathize and synchronize with people in diverse situations to recognize the essence of what matters to them. As graduation student at the DIOPD she dedicated herself to design for happiness in offices by fostering prosocial behaviors in organizations.
Roby-portrait-100px Roby Michelangelo Vota
Roby is a passionate and cheerful Italian guy, strongly guided by values: humanity, sensitivity, respect for people, integrity, ambition, perfectionism. After a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, he revolutionised his life and started a design career at Politecnico of Milan and then at TU Delft as a Design for Interaction student. His deep interest in (positive) psychology guides his personal and professional mission to improve people’s sense of life pleasantness and meaningfulness.
Roderick Huijgen
Roderick finished a bachelor education at IDE in Delft and continued with a master Design for Interaction. During this period he discovered his interest in user centred design and took up courses to help him better understand and influence the user experience.
Roderick is now working on a graduation project to enhance the inflight experience of the airline KLM. By researching Reversal theory in the field of design he is trying to help other designers use this holistic theory on human behavior. Also, he will use the theory to come up with new concepts for KLM to improve their inflight user experience.
Rushil Jain
Rushil has a background in product design. His fascination with human-product interactions began during his bachelor’s after one of those late night conversations about life, meaning and ‘deep stuff’. His quest for designing meaningful interactions and memorable experiences led him to opt for the Design for Interaction master track at the Delft University of Technology. He’s currently working on his thesis project involving stress and positive psychology.
Santiago Santiago De Francisco
Santiago studied Industrial Design at Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. After a couple of years working as a concept and product designer, he decided to start the Design for Interaction (DfI) master program at TU Delft. During his working experience he became interested in the importance of people’s behaviors and how those behaviors could be translated into objects, products and services with powerful meanings. Currently he has started a research project about the act of saving, using a piggy bank product as a starting point. This research aims to understand the importance of saving as an experience and its relation to happiness. As part of his graduation project plan, Santiago wants to take this knowledge about the act of saving and implement it in a larger scale.
Simon Jimenez Simon Jimenez
User-centered designer and design researcher
Simon Jimenez is a user-centered designer and researcher inspired by human behaviour and flourishing. Simon completed the ‘Integrated Product Design’ master’s programme at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. As a designer, Simon wants to understand people, and how they interact with and within their environments, in order to create meaningful products and services that add value to people’s lives. Simon is co-editor of the ‘Positive Design Reference Guide’.
Sofia van Oord
My education at IDE (TUDelft) has taught me the responsibility that I have as a designer to put meaningful products (and services) into the world. Products that will enhance the richness of people’s lives, and that will contribute to people’s wellbeing. Currently I am graduating from the master Design for Interaction, on the subject of funerals. I am fascinated by how we have tried to place death out of our lives as much as possible, avoiding interaction with it, turning our funerals into inconvenient things. I will explore new and meaningful ways to cope with funerals.
Titus portrait Titus Wybenga
Titus Wybenga is inventor by birth, educated at TU Delft (B.Sc. Industrial Design). Driven by the social impact of design. For his master thesis he would like to apply ‘Research through Design’ in Delfshaven, Rotterdam. The goal of his graduation project is to find ways that avoid (food) leftovers to end up on the street. By providing a meaningful alternative he hopes to reduces the amount of food waste and create social bonds on street level.
Wang Long Li
Wang Long is currently graduating at Philips Research on the project ‘Ambient Experience Sensory Rooms’, the next generation of isolation cells for psychiatric patients. In collaboration with GGzE, he is challenged to redesign the interaction and experience of the seclusion procedure, to avoid the current negative effects and create a positive impact on the mental recovery of these people.  Following a double degree master program at TU Delft (Integrated Product Design & Design for Interaction) and specialising on medical design (Medisign), he is currently directing his interest in the impact of positive design on the medical sector.