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Stephan Wensveen is full professor of Constructive Design Research in Smart Products, Services and Systems. He is also Program Director for the Bachelor’s degree and graduate programs of Industrial Design. His interest is in using the power of research through design to foster collaboration between research, education and innovation. He helped introduce notions of ‘aesthetics of interaction’, ‘feedforward’ and ‘interaction frogger' and is co-responsible for canonical examples of Research through Design.

Academic background

Stephan Wensveen has a long-standing career at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). He started as Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial Design in 2002 and has held an Associate Professorship and, since 2017, a Full Professorship here. Between 2011 and 2013, he worked as Associate Professor at the University of Southern Denmark.

Affiliated with

  • University of Southern Denmark
  • Delft University of Technology

Partners in (semi-)industry

  • Novo Nordisk Denmark

Education and Teaching



C&A, U&S, D&RP, and CS (Common Sense, not Computer Science)


Squad: Artifice

Research focus, project topics I like to coach
“Aesthetics of Intelligence, Speculative/Critical Design, any project that explores, or doesn’t even fit the borders of Industrial Design.”


Coaching style
Learn from each other. Critical, yet caring. Explore the unknown together. You on the takeoff, we fly together, explore the stars, and I will make sure you land.”

Exemplary graduation projects of students I coached:
Yael van Engelen: Visual Data Thinking
Armando Rodriguez Perez (FBP): Zero
Bart Bolluijt: Des-FI
Alex de Kruijff: Ludic Intelligence
Melvin Sterk: Design by not understanding identities

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):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure


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