Visual Design Course (Session 2)

Posted by on Dec 21, 2009 in Course, Design | 0 comments

Visual Design (Part 2) from Christoph Bartneck on Vimeo.

The second session deals with the color and its management in a digital workflow. We discuss color calibration, color profiles, and color spaces. Next, we discuss the anatomy of typefaces and their families before discussing legibility. In particular we introduce guidelines for typeface sizes, line spacing, viewing distances and alignment.

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Robotics Laboratory

Posted by on Sep 2, 2009 in Course, Documentation, Research | 0 comments

The Designed Intelligence Group at the Department of Industrial Design (Eindhoven University of Technology) use the Robotics Laboratory to explore autonomous systems and their interaction with users. Besides existing hardware platforms, such as the iCat, or Nao, we also developed our own educational robot AdMoVeo. We also massively use Mindstorm NXT and a complete Noldus Observers system, including Biosensors.  Please contact Christoph Bartneck if you have any questions about the laboratory.

The following projects and education courses take advantage of the facilities:

The following PhD students are associated to the laboratory:

We also have some professional photos of the iCat Robot and Nao vs. Aibo.

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Visions of the future

Posted by on Apr 22, 2009 in Course | 1 comment

Design transforms our current world into a preferred state. Conclusions about what such preferred states are, requires in depth knowledge about ethics, economics and technology. But since these preferred states are situated in the future, they always include a certain amount of speculation.

Science Fiction books and films speculate about possible futures and technological developments. This genre has a rich history of ideas and stories. They often reflect the current trends in our society. The original Star Trek TV series, for example, reflected the cold war. The united earth symbolized America, whereas the Klingons represented the USSR.

Understanding the social and cultural dimensions of Science Fiction, enables the students to make better choices in their designs. Designers are at the pivot point of creating brave new worlds and they require knowledge about what visions of the future exist to be able to avoid a 1984.

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Introduction To Design Research

Posted by on Apr 22, 2009 in Course | 0 comments

Design research can be done during any phase of the design process. It requires a specific way of thinking to reason from your design question to conclusions relevant for your design process. Many different research approaches can be applied during a design process. However, the global manner of setting up a study is usually very similar.

This assignment will teach students to go through this process by providing underlying theories and showing how this can be applied to a real design research study. The assignment will be taught by 1 assignor from each of the four design research groups of the faculty to show the diversity of design research approaches.

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Results – Lego Beyond Toys 2

Posted by on Feb 16, 2009 in Course | 3 comments

The goal of this master class is to create expansion packs for the Lego Mindstorms NXT product. The student follow a series of lectures on the underlying technologies and in the end design and build their extension pack.

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The Golden Ratio Course

Posted by on May 21, 2008 in Course | 0 comments

Stephen Wolfram’s book A New Kind of Science offers an interesting view on the phenomenon of complexity. In his book it is demonstrated how systems based on very simple rules can generate complex patterns that appear random in many ways. We will make a tour trough his examples, try to understand his claims and do some experiments ourselves.

We will deepen our understanding of complexity and ways to exploit it or master it. This module is not a substitution for the classical mathematical skills of symbolic manipulation in algebra and calculus. However, we shall use the computer-math tool Mathematica, which is a very powerful tool for all kinds of math, not only the cellular automata of Wolfram’s “A New Kind of Science”.

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