Visual Design Course (Session 2)

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.

Robotics Laboratory

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.

Visions of the future

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. Continue reading “Visions of the future”