Jan 14 – Caroline Hummels_Design for embodiment and skilful coping

Design for embodiment and skilful coping

We are able to engage with the world, develop skills while acting in the world, and perceive the world in terms of what we can do with it. To cope skilfully in the world from day to day, we do not need a mental representation of our goals; our body is simply solicited by the situation to find the right balance so as to gain a maximum grip on the situation (Merleau-Ponty, 1962; Dreyfus 1996). What are the implication for design when taking embodiment and skilful coping as a starting point? Will we design differently and create other systems, environments, products, services, media, etc.? Will we collaborate differently, research differently or prefer other ways of learning? Will we need other supporting methods, processes, techniques and tools? I will show a variety of design projects to explain the theory and implications of designing for embodiment and skilful coping.


Caroline Hummels has a background in Industrial Design Engineering, is full professor Design & Theory for Transformative Qualities at the department of Industrial Design (ID) and heading the Designing Quality in Interaction group at the Eindhoven University of Technology together with prof. Ron Wakkary. Her activities concentrate on developing frameworks, tools and concepts to support designing towards transformation. Her activities address e.g. aesthetic interaction, craftsmanship, skills, phenomenology, embodied sensemaking, participatory health and wellbeing, multi-stakeholder cooperation and innovation.




When: Wednesdays from 12:30-2:20 pm, Jan 14
Where: SUR 5380.

All are welcome to attend!