Interaction designer


I am Jolien ter Brugge and I am a final bachelor student at the Technical university of Eindhoven. I was born in Hengelo, my mother is a physiotherapist and my father started out by designing locks and now develops locks. From when I was really little I always liked to draw and make and build things. I also really liked sports and being active, when I was around 11 I played handball, did gymnastics, played tennis and danced at jazzdance. When I was around 17 years old I decided to only focus on handbal, that is when I ripped my anterior cruciate ligament and needed a repair. My mother and sister have the same injury and that is also one of the reasons my mother became a therapist. I always knew I wanted to create designs which improve the lives of people, by making them happy. I was really interested in architecture, because I think your home portrays your identity and can also greatly influence your mood and wellbeing. I like to think about the specific needs of different users and how designs influences their surroundings. But as you can see I am not a person who is really specifically focused in one interest, I always like to be dynamic. When choosing a course of study I wanted to keep my options open so I could still figure out where my greatest interests lie. That is why I chose Industrial design, here I can design in all my interest areas. When I needed to choose where to study Industrial design I was very interested in intelligent products, I liked the revolutionary feeling with these products. This is why I chose to study at the university of Eindhoven. When I started in Eindhoven at the faculty of Industrial design, I started off making concepts. Really soon I noticed that my sober nature also wanted to know if I could also realize these products. Because what is the use for the wellbeing of people when the concept is really great, but it will never be realized? I started by trying to work close to the targetgroup in all my projects, because there are the resources and experts to help create your concept and prototype to a product. I went on an exchange to get some knowledge about materials and modelling on the computer, to take a step closer to realization of my concepts into real products. When looking at businesses I really admire and who are my example. Philips is a business which always is innovating and wants to work closely with the universities. I really like Philips healthcare products, because they think about the whole experience of the user. Another example for me is frogdesign, their quote is ‘Designing better health for people, not patients’. This quote really appeals to me, because health is not only important for people who have a disability or illness, but for everyone.


My vision is that products are designed to help people. Products should improve the users life and integrate into their environments. Intelligence in products is a great tool to integrate a product in someone’s life, because it can adapt to their needs and environment. With this intelligence I want the users to feel in control, therefore the interaction with the product and also the feedback from the product is really important. A lot of products can be turned into apps, but I think the interaction with a product can be much richer if it is a tangible product. For happiness, health is a one of the most important factors. Products are designed for the happiness and wellbeing of people, this is why when I look at design I see products which improve the wellbeing of their users. This does not mean designing products for patients, it means designing products which could improve the wellbeing of everyone. It is not only about helping rehabilitating or recovering, it is also about prevention. Products should improve people’s lives for me this means helping them improve their health. When designing for a target group there are still many differences within this group. Also a persons need may change, when for example his/her wellbeing changes. That is why in the future I see a lot of intelligent products. These intelligent products can grow with the needs of the user and adapt to every individual. When designing for elderly there is a big focus on making the interface look very simplistic, I think this approach should be taken in designs for any agegroup. Multitasking is becoming more and more important in our lives, everything needs to go faster. In technology there are a lot of developements in the area of automated products, but I think this is not the solution. The user should still feel in control of the product, so their needs to be a direct sense of control. The tasks should be made more intuïtive, which makes controlling the product faster.




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