This happened Rotterdam #12

TH#12 took place on Tuesday the 5th of June at WORM Rotterdam.

The speakers were:

Pieter Diepenmaat (Hoog+Diep) - Smartwatches on the factory floor

Titus Wybenga (Staalslagerij) – Co-creation of Kaap Workout

Ewout Nijman (Volt) – Volt guitar: A tribute to rock 'n roll

Lizzy Bakker (NorthernLight) - Evaluating exhibition design with visitors

Pieter Diepenmaat - Smart watches on the factory floor

In (western) factories there is a trend that fewer and fewer people work with more and more smart machines. Pieter Diepenmaat and his colleagues at Hoog+Diep were asked by one of the world largest beer producers to improve this collaboration with the help of smartwatches. Their final solution allows the operator to work with an extensive area filled with complex, noisy, often wet machines. It does so by letting the machines indicate when they need attention directly to the operator’s wrist. Pieter shared the story of how they combined research into the needs of the people at the brewery with the development of new technology and prototype-tested their way to a successful collaboration between man and machine.

Titus Wybenga - Co-creation of Kaap Workout

Two years ago, Titus Wybenga and his colleagues of De Staalslagerij were approached by Rotterdam based youth worker Lorenz Elstak. His goal was to involve the residents of Katendrecht in the design of a new sports route along the neighbourhood’s quay. What appeared to be a straightforward job, became a long lasting project with unexpected challenges on the way. A Kaap Workout festival, numerous workshops and small events have led to 5 sport objects for young and old. Titus took us through his insights creating the ‘Copacabana’ of Rotterdam. He is deeply engaged in social design and co-founded design and production studio De Staalslagerij.

Ewout Nijman - Volt guitar: A tribute to rock 'n roll

Ewout Nijman is a UX designer currently living and working in Rotterdam. He is an out of control guitar-fanatic as well. Seeing both as complementary passions that feed off each other, they became an integral part of his life. Around three years ago he teamed up with Sander de Gier (guitarmaker) to start Volt Electrics, a new brand of electric guitars that takes classic guitar designs to a whole new level. Volt’s first model is a tribute to one of the greatest rock 'n roll guitars ever. The guitar is a new interpretation of a backwards design from the sixties where Sander and Ewout challenged each other to rethink each and every detail.

Lizzy Bakker - Evaluating exhibition design with visitors

Lizzy Bakker works on content strategy and development for NorthernLight. The Amsterdam-based company uses digital technologies to conceive, design, build and install exhibitions for museums and science centres, creating environments where learning, discovery and entertainment go hand in hand.

Through 3 examples she worked on (Phillips Museum of Innovation, Museum Volkenkunde and Vilvite Science Centre) she discussed refreshing approaches to test exhibition ideas with the public - collaborations between the museum and its visitors. Because of the obvious limitations in time, money, and existing working methods, evaluating ideas is a part of the design process that is easily omitted. That’s a real shame, because testing methods can be more effortless than designers might think. Spending only a few hours with a couple of small focus groups can significantly improve the designs, without consuming a single nail. Lizzy shared experiences and approaches in design evaluation, to get insight in easy to incorporate testing methods.