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How to Design with Openness: Shaping a Design Approach for Open and Growing Systems

Joep Frens
Assistant Professor, Department of Industrial Design, Eindhoven University of Technology


Newell-Simon Hall 1305 (Michael Mauldin Auditorium)

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In this lecture I argue that (interaction) design is changing from a “one product – one user” perspective towards a more “multiple products – multiple users” perspective, a systems perspective. I posit that this systems perspective brings new challenges to design, like ‘growth’ and ‘openness’, and that this necessitates a new design approach. I present our journey through a series of subsequent design challenges where we confront a rich, physical interaction style to the concept of open and growing systems and draw insights and lessons from each iteration. I conclude with the current state of the art in terms of approach and design tools. 

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Joep Frens is an assistant professor at Eindhoven University of Technology. His research focuses on the question of ‘how to design for open and growing systems’. He teaches courses on (interaction) design on all academic levels and advises a number of PhD students. In the academic year of 2014-2015 he held the Nierenberg Chair of Design at the Carnegie Mellon University School of Design.

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