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“Posthuman design opens new opportunities to look at sustainability beyond anthropocentric functionalism. Decentering the human allows approaching design and engineering from the perspective of multi-species collaborations”
Oscar Tomico is assistant professor at the Department of Industrial Design at Eindhoven University of Technology, heads the Industrial Design Engineering Bachelor's Degree at Elisava, and co-directs the Design for Emergent Futures Master’s Program in collaboration with IAAC and ELISAVA. His research revolves around 1st Person Perspectives to Research through Design at different scales (bodies, communities and socio-technical systems). Ranging from developing embodied ideation techniques for close or on the body applications (e.g. soft wearables), contextualized design interventions to situate design practice in everyday life, exploring the impact of future local, distributed, open and circular socio-technical systems of production, or experimenting with cohabitation as a posthuman approach to multi-species design.
Oscar Tomico holds an MSc degree in Industrial Engineering from Polytechnic University of Catalonia (Spain). His PhD is from the same institution, awarded cum laude in 2007 on subjective experience-gathering techniques based on constructivist psychology. Tomico briefly worked as a consultant for Telefonica R&D (Spain) and joined Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) as Assistant Professor in 2007. He has held guest positions at AUT Creative technologies (New Zealand), TaiwanTech (Taiwan), the Swedish School of Textiles (Sweden), the Institute of Advanced Architecture (Spain), University of Tsukuba (Finland) and others. In 2015, he consulted for the functional textiles department at EURECAT (Spain). In 2017, Tomico became head of the Industrial Design Bachelor’s degree program at ELISAVA University School of Design and Engineering (Spain).
- ELISAVA University School of Design and Engineering of Barcelona.
Education and Teaching
Expertise area(‘s): CA, US. (Also: DRP)
Squad: Crafting wearable senses (in the fabric of everyday life)
Exemplary graduation projects of students I coached:
FMP: Leonie Tenthof van Noorden: This fits me
FBP: Tamara Hogeweegen: Posterus Textilus
Project topics I’d like to coach
“My research revolves around 1st person perspectives to Research through Design at different scales (bodies, communities and socio-technical systems). Ranging from developing embodied ideation techniques for close or on the body applications (e.g., soft wearables), contextualized design interventions to situate design practice in everyday life, or exploring the impact of future local, distributed, open and circular socio-technical systems of production.”
“I focus a lot on the detailing, the making, the prototyping in terms of developing the competency Creativity and Aesthetics, and User and Society, which are my two main expertise areas, and also Design en Research Processes (DRP). I normally meet the students weekly to see the progress they make and work on the detailing. I do not support just the result, but also the process behind it. I try to provide the students with theory and examples to support their development.”
Oscar Tomico heads the Industrial Design Engineering Bachelor's Degree at Elisava, co-directs the Design for Emergent Futures Master’s Program in collaboration with IAAC, and is also assistant professor at the Department of Industrial Design at Eindhoven University of Technology. Oscar: “ If students want to go to Catalunya (Barcelona) I can support them very well. Also, in in the field of textiles and wearables I have good contacts.”
Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals
In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):
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Smart Textile Services
Tomico Plasencia, O. & Schoumacher, J.
1/01/13 → 31/12/13
Project: Research direct
Designing and Selling 'Soft Product' - 'Valuable Service' systems
Eggen, J. H., Brombacher, A. C., de Waart, S. G. & Tomico Plasencia, O.
1/01/11 → 30/06/15
Project: Research direct
Towards a next wave of wearable and fashionable interactions (editorial)Tomico Plasencia, O., Hallnäs, L., Liang, R-H. & Wensveen, S. A. G., 1 Dec 2017, In: International Journal of Design. 11, 3, p. 1-6 6 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Editorial › Academic › peer-review
Soft, embodied, situated & connectedTomico Plasencia, O. & Wilde, D., 2015, MobileHCI '15 Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services Adjunct. New York: Association for Computing Machinery, Inc, p. 1179-1186
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Conference contribution › Academic › peer-review12 Citations (SciVal)3 Downloads (Pure)
Designing ultra-personalized embodied smart textile services for well-being.ten Bhömer, M., Tomico Plasencia, O. & Wensveen, S. A. G., 2015, Advances in smart medical textiles: treatments and health monitoring. van Langenhove, L. (ed.). Cambridge: Woodhead, p. 155-175 (Woodhead Publishing Series in Textiles).
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter › Academic
Designing for, with or within: 1st, 2nd and 3rd person points of view on designing for systemsTomico Plasencia, O., Winthagen, V. O. & van Heist, M. M. G., 2012, NordiCHI '12 Proceedings of the 7th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction: Making Sense Through Design. New York: Association for Computing Machinery, Inc, p. 180-188 9 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Conference contribution › Academic › peer-review
Living-with and Designing-with PlantsTomico, O., Wakkary, R. & Andersen, K., 2023, In: Interactions. 30, 1, p. 30-34
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › Academic › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile22 Downloads (Pure)