Guido Hermans

BW Guido HermansPhD in industrial design (2015)

Skype: guidohrmns
E-mail: guido.hermans@gmail.com
Web: www.guidohermans.com
Project web: www.openingupdesign.se

Background

Born in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, I hold a master's degree in Industrial Design Engineering from Delft University of Technology. I have has studied at the Politecnico di Milano and worked for a Dutch design studio. I graduated at Philips Research in Eindhoven working on consumer electronics for teenagers. In the autumn of 2015, I defended my PhD thesis Opening Up Design: Engaging the Layperson in the Design of Everyday Products, at Umeå Institute of Design. During my five years at UID, I taught and tutored in various courses and programmes at Umeå Institute of Design.

PhD project

The consumer is increasingly more involved in the design of everyday products. How will this emerging new role of the consumer-as-designer change the role of the professional designer? This research challenges current understandings of industrial design, that is the way products are designed, their aesthetics and the accountability of the consumer as well as the designer. This research investigates how consumers could be part of the design process enabled by 3D printing as a way of flexible manufacturing and computational design as a way to create adaptable designs. more»

My supervisors were Erik Stolterman (School of Informatics, Indiana University) and Anna Valtonen (Umeå Institute of Design).

Areas of interest

3D Printing, Toolkits, Consumer-design, Computational Design, Mass Customization

Publications

A full list of publications and presentations can be found here.

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