As a bachelor's degree candidate in Industrial Design at Eindhoven University of Technology, I gained expertise in the fundamental principles of design and developed a strong foundation in self-directed learning and project management. In my Final Bachelor Project, I leveraged this knowledge to design and implement an interactive system aimed at improving and stimulating social interaction between multidisciplinary students in a university setting.
The project followed a user-centered design approach, involving the users from the very beginning. I started by understanding what motivates people to seek social contact and exploring what is valued most in a social interaction.
The design challenge was focused on how to lower the barriers for asking for help, feedback or assistance, making the experience less intimidating. To address this challenge, I used technology and data to design a visualization that stimulates interaction between students. The system matches users based on their expertise, skills, and knowledge, ensuring that the interaction is beneficial for all.
The final design is an interactive system to be used in a co-working space. I placed the tables in a circular shape to create an open posture towards each other, and every student can see others. Upon sitting down in this workspace, the student scans their student card, which loads their profile, containing their expertise areas based on completed courses and learning activities. If a student needs assistance, they can request help or feedback. A line of light will connect the student with the expertise to provide assistance. Incentives were provided for helping others, and data collected from student interactions can be used as valuable insights for the university.
Through this project, I honed my skills in user-centered design, data analysis, system development and concept development.