The DJ became less and less visible for the audience in the past decade. Stages at popular electronic dance music events such as Tomorrowland and Ultra grew to an impressive scale in order to surprise and engage a crowd of more than 50.000 people. At the same time the developments of the DJ booth made that the artist is stuck in place behind a table, and in contrary to a guitarist the audience cannot spectate how the DJ is performing. This project is an initiation to reengage the audience in the DJ performance by communicating the actions of the DJ through video and light effects.
In order to facilitate the communication, a software application functions as bridge between the DJ and the crew at the venue. The application reads out the DJ actions and translates those into triggers for the VJ and lighting designer. The application was well received by the crews of Afrojack, Armin van Buuren and Hardwell and I am currently working on a beta version ready for road testing.
Yi is an interactive yoga mat that provides the user with a new yoga experience. With Yi, every place can be transformed into the perfect yoga environment. The lighting in the mat enriches the yoga experience; it creates a relaxing atmosphere and it supports the user with feedback throughout the exercises. Yi shows how to get in position, how you are balanced and how to breathe.
The starting point of this project was an existing eReader that could be improved in terms of usability. The first user test with the original device showed that the target group, people who read for work, encounters problems with even the basic features of this eReader. The software architecture and layout have been redesigned and the results from a second user test showed that efficiency was increased by 38%! Moreover, all participants were able to find the main features of the device without any issues.
The Reactor Institute Delft opened a design contest for the renovation of the reactor dome. The current aluminum cladding has deteriorated and needs to be replaced with a modern solution that also functions as an eye-catcher. The proposed concept is a network of light components that reenact the battle with malignant cells in the human body. The animation refers to the research that is done within the dome to create awareness of the value of the institute among the public.
The dome is the outcome of a lighting design course. The lighting researchers at the faculty of IDE, TU Delft, currently have two installations to experiment with either directional lighting or diffused lighting. The lighting dome combines those two types of lighting in one system that is able to light any object at the center of the dome from 360 degrees. With this the researchers can create innumerable lighting scenes with combinations of directional and diffused lighting from any direction.
Memnun Oldum (EN: Nice to meet you) is an interactive installation that shows the influence of an individual on a group. In the Middle Eastern society people are more open to intermingle and therefore the social groups are highly dynamic. Memnun Oldum makes these dynamics visual by creating colored drops per visitor. The drops fall and land in a dish below, one by one. Slowly they form a larger group but each individual leaves a trace behind.
The interactive installation has been presented at METU Ankara, the Dutch Technology Week and the Dutch Design Week in 2012. The installation evoked many interesting discussions on cultural differences during these exhibits. And, albeit for a brief moment, it let people evaluate their own perspective towards those cultural differences.
The Lumalive T-Shirt is an extension of my first project during my bachelor Industrial Design at the University of Technology Eindhoven. Professor Kees Overbeeke saw our concept of a friend-finder T-shirt for festivals and invited us to develop it for the CHI conference in Boston. A design iteration together with PhD candidates and researchers from the Designing Quality in Interaction research group led to the Lumalive T-shirt that is able to absorb colours from its surroundings and display an image accordingly.