Working on the crossroad of design, behavior and technology our collaboration is a key foundation of the project.
The core of this collaboration is the crossover between design and behavior. Social and environmental psychologist Renske Bongers dives into the relation between behavior and environment. By researching and developing how the designs need to work and can be applied in the built environment she brings the work of A+N a step further. Laying a foundation by using a theoretical framework to work from and researching the effect of the designs on behavior.
Process & Collaboration
To expand our base of knowledge together with Renske Bongers we work together with several technical universities and experts. Amongst them:
TU/eindhoven: the research group Future Everyday has been doing a lot of research into biofeedback technology. Not only by doing research into the mechanisms of biofeedback, but also by researching ‘soft technology’ options for biofeedback. Making biofeedback more applicable in daily life.
TU Delft: the Virtual Reality Design Methods Lab (VRDML) explores the applicability of VR in the design process. By using VR as a research and design tool, the design process can speed up. Taking steps that in real life will take much longer.
Institute for Applied Motions: IAM is making sensory technology more user friendly. They developed a cushion that gains biometrical data by just sitting on it. Their goal is to help people recognize the limits of their own body by giving them insights in their bodily functions. By measuring and giving feedback, people can learn to make different decisions, preventing them from ending up with a burn-out.
Technology Design: In the Bio Mirror project we collaborated with technology designer Jesse Kirschner. Bringing in the knowledge of programming.
Within the Spaces for Wel Being project we use a two way perspective of 'design in research' and 'research in design' We use the research to improve and develop the installations and materials. At the same time the installations are a means to change behavior. To reduce stress and induce relaxation. Using them as an instrument in our applied research. Using these two perspectives at the same time flows naturally from the collaboration in this project with the behavioral psychologist.
Another key aspect of the way we work is using a cyclic work process. Our research is an ongoing research. Developing the materials and installations step by step, working through a cycle every time. The cyclic process is a known way of working within the field of innovation.