I have a dream:
Creating a more social, playful
and sustainable world
by designing societal relevant products
Master Industrial Design Engineering Delft University of Technology
Vincent Steurs (Industrial Design Student, Belgian, 03-07-1985)
Studied in: Antwerp, Barcelona, Delft
Design Interests: communication, children’s play and learning,
sustainability, product-service-systems, mobility, emerging markets
Personal Qualities: conceptualizer, teamplayer, motivator, enthusi-
astic, pro-active, optimistic, a healthy portion of empathy, open-
minded, visionary, multi-cultural oriented
I am a socially motivated designer and prefer to design societal relevant products and services. I like to
design for connectivity and playful interactions between people with a focus on the user experience. I
have a special interest for product-service systems, sustainability and design for children’s play and
I am instructor in youth work at Scouts &
Gidsen Vlaanderen and like to work with chil-
dren and youth animators. After 4 years of
leadership I started to give workshops to new
leaders, using methods of ’experience learn-
ing’. I am gradually improving my skills in
understanding one’s behaviour and position in
the group and how to deal with it. These are
very useful skills when dealing with user-
centred design challenges.
I like to travel around the world and meet new
people and cultures and to work in international
teams. Last year I organized a research project to
Argentina, for a group of 30 design students. The
aim of the trip was to learn about the local market,
design industy and education and to do research
for several Dutch and Belgian companies concern-
ing the project destination.
Portfolio Vincent Steurs Personal Information
. DEC 2008
Smart Table: a broadband communication system for elderly
The smart system is aimed to prevent possible social isola-
tion between elderly people and their social contacts. It
consists of the Smart Table and the Smart Messenger,
which provide easy and intuitive way for elderly people to
benefit from the advantage of communication technology
and improve the satisfaction of their social activities.
During the design research, a working prototype is made
and evaluated by a user test.
The Smart Table offers people a way to use broadband com-
munciation without the need for a computer. The television will
be used for video communication (web-cam) and the table as
user-interface. On the table contact persons can be selected
and images and video can be shared. The elderly person can
capture images that will be shared instantly. The contact person
can select images from his or her computer, which will be pro-
jected on the table of the elderly person.
Portfolio Vincent Steurs February-June 2007 TU Delf t
The ultimate outdoor gaming experience
The game is meant to give teenagers a playful and exciting outdoor gaming experience. The equipment,
existing of a watch, a pair of glasses and a stick, provide different game possibilities. It can be used for
shooter type of games as well as for informative and explorative games. The games are lead by a game
leader, who also possesses the equipement and offers this outdoor gaming experience as a service
(comparable with paintball). He can adjust the software and the way the equipement is used, depending on
the players and the purposes of the group (fun, education, awareness of environment, etc.).
EQUIPMENT TARGET GROUP
part of a group
fun & excitement
Every players gets a set of 3 objects: a watch, a pair of glasses
and a stick.The objects are connected by bluetooth and to a
wireless network with the rest of the game players. The glasses
give information about your team and opponents, your watch
about your personal equipment and the stick is meant for
pointing and shooting.
Portfolio Vincent Steurs April-June 2007 TU Delft
Get Connected: a game for barter clubs
Get connected is a game designed for barter clubs. In these
clubs people exchange goods and services using an own cur-
rency. In this way they try to make use of each other skills and
save money. Next to this it also is a nice place to meet new
people and build a social network. What came out during the
user research was that people often had no idea what to offer or
demand, espacially in the beginning of their membership. This
game helps them in creating ideas and helping each other
out to find something interesting.
Portfolio Vincent Steurs Sept. 2007- Jan. 2008 TU Delft
Philips Business conneCT: Usability testing and redesign
Philips Business conneCT (BCT) is an all-in-one business
communication solution, which provides powerful tools for
call-handling, voice mailing and reachability. The focus of
this project is on the reachability and directory functions of
BCT. A usability test was taken with 7 participants to find out
what problems users experience when using BCT.
In this test, there was found
that the functionality of the pro-
gram was quite sufficient, but
that navigation, hierarchy and
feedback are the main issues
of the program. BCT 2.0 has
most of the functionality BCT
has, but the structure and hier-
archy of the program are
changed quite radically.
The most remarkable changes are the size (about
1/2 to 1/4 of the original design), with the addition of
sliding windows, and the addition of a help bar. For
this concept, a prototype was made with macromedia
flash, and a second usability test was performed.
Portfolio Vincent Steurs February-June 2007 TU Delf t
JAGA TextiLight Radiatior
Personalize your radiator
With the Jaga TextiLight radiator you can let
your radior fit in any interior you want.
Like the name suggest, it is a radiator with light
functionality and a textile cover.
The light can be dimmed and the textile cover
can be replaced, in order to create the right
The cover is a vacuumform and so the shape
can be personalized as well (modular molds).
Value for money
With this product JAGA can offer it’s clients a unique and exclusive product
line. The cost-value balance is quite high since the production technique is
relatively cheap and it offers a high amount of possibilies for personaliza-
The radiator has also a air filter
function. Since the heat is distrib-
uted using small ventilators on top
op the radiator (Dynamic Boost
Radiator), it will provoke air circula-
tion. A filter at the bottom of the
radiator collects all the dust in the air
and is easily replacable.
Portfolio Vincent Steurs Sept.-Nov. 2006
. HA - Antwerp
Hot Sponge: an on-the-go stain remover for Procter & Gamble
The Hot Sponge is a stain-
remover that works efficiently by
heating up the sponge.
The container can be reused by
heating it up in boiling water.
The sponges can be replaced by
new ones you can buy in the
by clicking the metal element The idea behind this concept is
inside the hotpack, the Hot to turn the unpleasent moment
Sponge gets activated. The of making a stain on your cloth-
liquid inside the hotpack crys- ing into a pleasurable tactile
talizes and transforms from a experience.
flexible to a solid container.
Furthermore it is very easy to
distinguish the used and the
When the container is solid it unused sponges by their state
means that the sponge is (liquid vs. solid).
warm enough to be used to
remove the stain by rubbing it The original target group were
over it several times. business hotels, but it can also
be used as a normal consumer
Portfolio Vincent Steurs Sept. 2005- Jan. 2006 HA - Antwerp
The Multi-Toast is designed for people who like to eat
toast together but who don’t like to wait for very long times
or to let one person do all the work. It offers people a pos-
sibility to experience the act of making and eating toasts in
a more social way.
The Multi-Toast exists of a control unit and can run up to 4
toaster modules. With the possibility to attach the modules
in two direction, it can be used on the work top as well as
on the table, pointed to the direction the people are sitting. A finger-sweep temperature controler
The toaster is designed together with a deep fryer, as a
product family. The products are given the brand name
O’livin,inspired on the names of the two designers, Olivier
and Vincent, and refering to ‘own way of living’
The ‘O’ logo of the brand name is toasted into the bread.
O’livin Deep Fryer
Portfolio Vincent Steurs January-April 2005
. HA - Antwerp