On the DutchA lot has been said about Dutch characteristics and their influence on Dutch Design
Natural geography Force for structure and efficiencyDensity Design own environmentCalvinistic background Modest, honest, simple and practicalSubsidies Freedom to experiment without commercial pressureOpen culture Influences from outside, inside out view and openness
People love to design and redesign Photo credits: http://www.sxc.hu/pro le/brittahaal
“Our current age sees everything as an object of manufacture,as something which can be got hold of and improved, oraltered, to produce better or more effective outcomes.” (Laurence Paul Hemming) Photo credits: Brankopopvicblog
We don’t design for the sake of designing, we design for a purpose To meet a need (in a new way, in a better way) To achieve a goal To make a statement Photo credits: http://www.sxc.hu/pro le/jeinny
Design as guilty party“There are more professions more harmful than industrial design- but only very few” (Victor Papanek, 1984) Photo credits: Hasse / Tweakers.net
TrueDecisions that affect future environmental impact are often made in the design phase Photo credits: http://www.ronpatrickstuff.com/
But...Decisions that affect future environmental impact are often made in the design phase! Photo credits: W.I.K. and me
“Events, threats and opportunities aren’t just coming atus faster or with less predictability... Photo credits: http://www. ickr.com/photos/sierragoddess/
...they are converging and influencing each other to create entirely new situations.These first-of-their-kind developmentsrequire unprecedented degrees of creativity. (Capatilising on Complexity / 2010 IBM CEO study) Photo credits: http://www. ickr.com/photos/sierragoddess/
It’s design’s time to shine in a challenging world Photo credits:http://www.sxc.hu/pro le/shadowkill
Today, integration, rather than raw technology,has become the pressing problem of our world. This is what designers, above all else, are good at. (Belinda Lanks - Fast Company) Photo credits: Takeoka Mini Car Products Co Ltd
Emotional design can assist designers tofacilitate this integration... ... as it puts people before technology
Emotions, enrich, guide and ennoble lifeThey play a vital role in how we understandour environment, learn and behave
All design is emotional...intended, or unintended. It evokes an emotional response
Emotional design is to design a product orservice with the intention to evoke predefined Photo credits: Sexy urinalemotions, be it positive...
... or negative. “Negative emotions can enrich an experience” Steven Fokkinga (2010)
Designers have always been doing these things, butimplicitly. They were known for designing the thing, object or product, but in fact they were also designing the product as a host or as an initiator or inspiration to an experience.
“Nowadays, you end up designing for the wholeexperience over much longer periods of time... ... the full love affair, rather than just the initial cup of tea” Steven Kyffin (2006)
Emotional design can create the connectionwith a product that is needed... ... to make it more sustainable. Also read about ‘affective sustainability’ by Kristina Börjesson
“Great design (thinking) results in functio-nally and emotionally satisfying solutions /experiences where the emotional value isgenerated through the creation of meaning” (Tim Brown) Photo credits: Whirlwind Wheelchair
with a little winkBack to the Dutch why mention these generalities earlier on?
They partly explain why The Netherlands, in my opinion, is so prominent in the field of ‘emotional design’the Design & Emotion Society raises issuesand facilitates dialogue among practitioners, researchers, andindustry in order to integrate salient themes of emotionalexperience into the design profession.www.designandemotion.org
Dutch like conversations Interaction is a goal in itselfThere is an openness to facilitate the conversation
‘What seems unique to Dutch design is a passionateconcern for engaging the user emotionally andintellectually. It is, in fact, this concern for human interaction which makes much of Dutch design so engaging. Emily Pilloton (2006)
“Dutch communicate easily, are pretty straight-forward, tolerant and still, quite democratic.We understand the necessity to build a consensusand are not very authoritarian in doing so.” Laurens van den Acker (2008)
“Dutch do not talk much about sustainability, in fact,it only seems that way because we are so cheap!”
Our global outlook that has been around for centuries......makes it hard for us not to think of a global effectof our creations and the effect on people... Photo credits: http://www.sxc.hu/pro le/guitargoa
Emotional (Dutch) Design So how is Dutch Design Emotional Design?
Honest & OpenHuman - centeredPractical, conversationalExperimentalEngaging and meaningful Dutch Design = Emotional Design which means it goes ‘beyond design’
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