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Ideating in Skills: a toolkit for embodied co-design

The Ideating in Skills (IiS) toolset is an embodied design tool aimed at supporting co-design processes. The iterative process of developing the toolset was carried out in a design class with fellow master students at the Eindhoven University of Technology. We worked individually at first, exploring our own skills and moods through movement, visualisations and poetry. These explorations were translated into objects that were able to communicate and connect with each other. In each iteration, the design of the qualities of these connections was based on the findings of the previous explorations. After several individual and team-based iterations, a final toolset was collaboratively created and evaluated in various short design sessions. Based on the potential of the first version of the toolset, a second version was created that is currently used and tested in one-on-one settings all over the world and in multi-stakeholder settings in a creative hub in Sweden. During the module I mainly worked on the sensorial set of the toolkit.

Ideating in Skills toolkit by Industrial Design master students.
Result of the module Ideating in Skills by Caroline Hummels, Ambra Trotto and Yeup Hur.

Department of Industrial Design at the Technical University of Eindhoven.

Co-authored publication:
Smit, Dorothé, et al. "Ideating in Skills: Developing Tools for Embodied Co-Design." Proceedings of the TEI'16: Tenth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction. ACM, 2016.

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