WS Team

WS team
Aarnout Brombacher
is professor in “Business Process Design” in the faculty Industrial Design of Eindhoven University of Technology. With this chair he is responsible for research and education in the fields Quality Information Flows and Customer Perceived Quality in highly innovative product design and development processes.Since March 1st, 2010 he was appointed dean of the department Industrial Design of Eindhoven University of Technology. Within the Theme Wearable Senses Aarnout is especially interested in the business aspects of creating new, wearable, products and systems that help users pusuing an healthier and more active lifestyle and in the (field) feedback of these products in an actual, societal, context.

Stephan Wensveen is Associate Professor in the Designing Quality of Interaction group at the department of Industrial Design, TU/eindhoven. He studied, educated and researched Industrial Design Engineering at Delft University of Technology. His research on the relationship between emotions, expressivity and product design started in the Delft ID-StudioLab (1999) and resulted in a PhD thesis, which is seen by the design research community as a canonical example of Research through Design. In 2002 he moved to ID at the TU/e for their innovative and inspiring community.
His interest is in using the power of design to integrate research, education and innovation, which he demonstrated as project leader for the /, as initiator and research director of Wearable Senses, and the Dutch nationally funded project on Smart Textile Services. Many of his papers are part of the standard curricula in interaction design schools and he is co-author of the book ‘Design Research through Practice’. In 2011 he expanded his horizon on multi-disciplinary design, when he joined the Sønderborg Participatory Innovation Research group in Denmark. Now (2013) he is back at TU/e, and loving it.

Maarten Versteeg studied Industrial Design Engineering at TU Delft. Besides that he was educated as a goldsmith. After his graduation he started Brech; innovative jewellery which is sold by high-­end
retailers in the Benelux.
Due to its the proximity to the human body and its long lifespan jewellery can have great emotional and social cultural importance. Maarten is interested in the way technology can enlarge these values and how the lessons learned from jewellery can be translated to other product categories. He recently started an external Phd on this topic.
As of 2008 Maarten works as freelance coach and Theme Champ in Wearable Senses, moreover he is assignor of ‘The Use of Art’ and ‘Design History in a global context’. More info:

Simone de Waart has a background in industrial design  and design management. Simone graduates as materials designer at the Design Academy in Eindhoven. In 2002 she initiated the company Material Sense, where she is responsible as creative director and materials expert. Material Sense is an platform that connects design, research and industry to enhance materials innovation and new materials applications. She works for industries and institutes to create value from the use of materials, and makes the world of materials visible and tangible. Through design, research, master classes and workshops, and international travelling exhibitions. She advises and support companies on materials  innovation, sustainability, the experience of materialization and design strategies, for companies like amongst others : Dorel , Desso, DSM, Green Fashion, NS, the Textile Museum, and Volkswagen.
Besides her company she works as a coach, lecturer and assignor at the Technical University of Eindhoven (Wearable Senses theme) and was responsible for the initiated collaboration between TU/e and Design Academy Eindhoven (until 2005) . She also works as guest lecturer  at the Rietveld Academy Amsterdam, Design Academy Eindhoven, and internationally at Tartu University, Estonia, Estonian Academy of Arts at Tallinn. Hanseo University in Seoul, South Korea and Nanjing University in China. More info:

Dr. Oscar Tomico is Assistant Professor of the Designing Quality in Interaction Research Group at the Department of Industrial Design, Eindhoven University of Technology. His main research topic to develop situated practices allowing for a constructive confrontation between the designer’s rationale and societal motivations and values (co-reflection). Current projects focus involving stakeholders during the design process to foster co-operation and reflective practices between participants in order to frame the design space, collaboration space and reformulate their design opportunity. He is the project leader of the Smart Textile Services project part of the Dutch Creative Industry Scientific Program (CRISP 2011) and a partner in the Crafting Wearables research project (CLICK 2013). He gained his PhD in 2007 from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Barcelona, in Innovation Processes in Product Design. His PhD thesis was on subjective experience gathering techniques for interaction design based on constructivist psychology. He has been a guest researcher and lecturer at the University of Tsukuba and at Chiba University (Japan, 2007, 2008), Aalto (Finland, 2006, 2007), at  ELISAVA (Spain, 2010), UPF -DTIC (2010), Business engineering school, La Salle (2010), Luka (Belgium, 2012), Swedish School of Textiles (2013).

Marina Toeters -educated as graphic and fashion designer- finished her Master of Art cum laude at MaHKU Utrecht by exploring the gap between designers and technicians in the world of fashion. She motivates collaboration for fashion innovation and is initiator and director of • design & research in fashion technology, working amongst others for Philips Research, European Space Agency (ESA) and Holst Centre. Marina Toeters is member of the research group Smart Functional Materials at Saxion University for applied science and teaches New Production Techniques for textile & garments. In HKU University for the Arts and Design Utrecht she is lecturer Fashion Ecology & Technology. At the Eindhoven University of Technology Marina is student coach and Theme Champ Wearable Senses. More info:

Pierre Lévy, born in France, is assistant professor in the Designing Quality in Interaction Group. He graduated in Mechanical Engineering (with a focus on industrial design) at the Compiègne University of Technology, France (2001), and gained a Ph.D with honours in Kansei Science at the University of Tsukuba, Japan (2006). After serving in a post-doctoral position at the Laboratory of Kansei Information Science at the University of Tsukuba, he became a researcher and a lecturer both at Chiba University and at the University of Tsukuba. He is now an active member of the Japan Society of Kansei Engineering (JSKE), serving currently as an international counsellor of JSKE, as a member of the Editorial Board of the Affective Engineering International Journal, and as a member of the International Board of the International Conference on Kansei Engineering and Emotion Research (KEER). At the Department of ID at TU/e, he is member of the Board of Examiners, and has been theme champ of the Wearable Senses theme. He explores opportunities for applying a kansei perspective on product and interaction design. His main focus is on designing for immediate experience and for sensual dynamics. More info:

ir. Martijn (M.) ten Bhömer graduated cum laude in June 2010 at our master course Industrial Design. During an internship at Microsoft Research in Cambridge (United Kingdom) he designed a now patented device for photo sharing. In his graduation project he investigated the topic of sharing experiences and cultural values in communication.
After working as freelance interaction designer in projects related to surface computing and intelligent lighting he started in April 2011 with his three year PhD research on the changing role of the designer in multi-stakeholder design collaboration processes of intelligent products and services. This work is part of the Smart Textile Services project in the the Creative Industry Scientific Programme (CRISP). More info:

Kristi Kuusk is a PhD student at the Eindhoven University of Technology, Industrial Design department. She is working in the Smart Textiles Services project that is part of Creative Industry Scientific Programme (CRISP). She has a MA in Fashion Design  from Estonian Academy of Arts and BSc in Informatics from Tallinn University of Technology. Her research involves designing sustainable Smart Textile Services by taking the craftsmanship approach. Her projects have been exhibited in The Netherlands, Estonia, Latvia, Brazil, UK, Japan, Belgium, Italy, Denmark and Finland. More info:

Liesbeth den Besten (Amsterdam) is an art historian who studied at the University of Amsterdam. Since 1985 she has been working internationally as an independent writer, curator, advisor for governmental institutions, jury member, exhibition maker and lecturer in the field of crafts and design, especially contemporary jewellery. She curated exhibitions for Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Zuiderzeemuseum Enkhuizen, Erasmus House Jakarta, Museum of Modern Art Arnhem, Museum Bellerive Zurich Switzerland and Galeri Format Oslo. She regularly teaches at the Jewellery Department, Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam. She is the Chairwoman of the Françoise van den Bosch Foundation,  member of the AJF board, and one of the founding members of Think Tank, A European Initiative for the Applied Arts. She is a member of the advisory board of  CHP…? Jewellery in context  – a Gijs Bakker project She contributed to and published different books, such as On Jewellery, a compendium of international contemporary art jewellery (Arnoldsche 2011, reprinted in 2012), and Contemporary Jewelry in Perspective (ed. by Damian Skinner, Lark 2013). Since September 2013 she is a student coach at the Wearable Senses theme, Eindhoven University of Technology.

Michel Peeters studied Industrial Design at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). After an internship at the Human Computer Interaction Institute of Carnegie Mellon University (USA), and a part-time placement at Philips Design Eindhoven (NL) during his studies, he graduated for his MA in 2008 at the adidas Global Headquarters in Herzogenaurach, Germany. For a year he was part of the adidas Innovation Team where he designed for the wearable sports electronics product portfolio. After his time abroad he started working as a lecturer at the ‘Wearable Senses’ theme of TU/e where he co-founded and built up the theme’s vision, research line, education, strategic partner network and facilities. In 2009, as part of the ‘Design for Well-being’ project, he started a PhD research project in close collaboration with key stakeholders from the sporting goods industry (e.g., Adidas) and consumer electronics (e.g., TomTom, Philips). In his research, he explored ways how to design for behavior change towards a more active and healthy lifestyle. Methods, tools and techniques that have been developed in this research are ‘Experiential Probes’ and the ‘Experiential Design Landscapes’ method. Well-known example case studies from this research are the ‘Social Stairs’ and ‘Bouncers Activity Wallpaper’.

Ralph Zoontjens is a product designer who has completed the Bachelor and Master courses of the Industrial Design department at the TU/e. Having been employed at a design agency focused on mobility and consumer products, he has strong classical industrial design skills, especially concerning concept development, visualization, and 3d design. He aims to integrate these skills as much as possible with emerging new dimensions of design such as physical interaction design and experience design. He is especially interested in the potential of interactive technology to bring about so-called peak experiences. His project Flowtime, a wearable system to optimize the user experience during yoga, can be seen as an early exploration towards this ideal. Currently, Ralph is a freelance designer, student coach in the Wearable Senses theme at the TU/e, and co-founding a new business in the area of 3D printing. More info:

Jos van der Weele graduated  at the Academy for Industrial Design Eindhoven, department textile design. Started in 1974 to work for textile printing companies like Beeren Fabrics, Vlisco, Parisign, Transcolor and developped printed fabric collections for fashion. In 1990 foundation of Jos Design & Styling, specialized in development of active sportswear and workwear collections, with accounts like Asics, Hi-tec, AGU, Brunotti, New Line, Odin Wear. Experienced in working with technical/functional fabrics and garment techniques and concept development. Working on connecting apparel design and innovation to a commercial market. Inspiration is smart functional fabrics, integrating technology into garments. Student coach in the Wearable Senses Team at the faculty Industrial Design, at Eindhoven University of Technology. More info:

Eunjeong Jeon is a Post Doctoral researcher of the Designing Quality in Interaction Research Group at TU/e Industrial Design. She studied at the Denmark International Study Program DIS (1996) and graduated at Hong-ik University, School of Fine Art (BA), Seoul, South Korea in 1997. After study of BA, she worked at a furniture company as a furniture designer. Her Master of Design was completed at Curtin University, Perth, WA in 2005. This was followed by participation in ‘Thingness of Thing’ and ‘Thing from the Void’ project in Post Graduate Diploma, Visual Arts, Curtin University, in 2006. She has focused on the extension of her professional experience through participation in the FORM “Designing Futures” industry cluster project, Perth, Western Australia. She is currently completed a PhD in The School of Design and Art at Curtin University 2013. Her research is based on comfort factors in terms of users’ aesthetic experience, in particular, the multi-sensorial integration and kinaesthetic aspects of human activities and perceptions. This research is linked to the ARC Linkage project “Innovative Solutions for Wool Garment Comfort though Design” (Project ID: LP0775433), in conjunction with the Wooldesk at DAFWA (Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia).

Jesse Asjes, Product developer of innovative and technical knitwear for wearables and products. In collaboration with research companies, designers and fashion labels, she pushes the technique and product to a higher esthetic quality. Jesse Asjes is an expert on industrial computer-controlled knitting machines. With knowledge of product design combined with technical skills, she connects the industry and designers. By giving the customer tailored guidance they will achieve efficient and targeted results. From the discipline ‘beta-textiles’ she explores how solid materials become flexible by integrating these into wearables. With the mindset of open-source, she aims for knitwear technology to become more accessible for designers and creating awareness among consumers. Having international ambitions she will continue to challenge knits for global product-development and local production. Educated as Product Designer at HKU University of the Arts Utrecht. She is currently working at TextielLab in TextielMuseum, Tilburg, as knitwear product developer. Next to that she works as student coach in the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Wearable Senses theme. More info:

Stefan Zwegers has done both his Bachelors and Masters at Industrial Design at the Eindhoven University of Technology. Stefan was one of the first who completed his Masters entirely in the theme of Wearable Senses. After graduating in 2010 he started his own company, Studio Stefan Zwegers, and worked on several projects; from mobile app design to the making of explanatory animations for clients like the TU/e, the Intelligent lighting Institute and EIT ICT LABS. At the moment he is the lead designer at the start-up company SmartTeams where he is combining the world of sports with wearable electronics to change the way teamplay is trained in sports like hockey, football and basketball. At the Eindhoven University of Technology Stefan is a coach at the Wearable Senses theme.

Melissa Coleman
is a new media artist whose work focuses on the shifting relationship between people, their bodies and technology. Melissa is coach at the Wearable Senses theme of the Industrial Design department of the Technical University of Eindhoven and teaches at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague and the Willem de Kooning Academie in Rotterdam. Together with Piem Wirtz from V2_ she founded the E-Textile Workspace, a monthly expert meeting for artists and designers working with textiles and electronics. She curates the exhibition Pretty Smart Textiles, which has been on show in The Hague, The Netherlands in 2010 and in Herning, Denmark in 2011. She currently writes for Fashioning Technology and designs interactive textiles. More info:

Anna Maria Cornelia Gersem, More info: