Ivo Koolen was, until recently, a researcher within the Situated Art and Design research group and a tutor at the Communication & Multimedia Design programme at Avans University of Applied Sciences in Den Bosch.
Ivo Koolen graduated from the Rietveld Academy in 2005 and subsequently worked as a designer of jewellery and small products. In 2009 he started as a spatial designer at a company in Madrid that designs and produces lighting. Here he was part of a small design team that designed technical and decorative lighting and lighting plans for a diverse range of clients.
Ivo has been teaching prototyping and physical computing at the Communication & Multimedia Design programme since 2016. In addition to his work as a teacher, Ivo works on various projects in the field of creative technology.
The Design of Everyday Smart Things
This research project focuses on design methodologies for designing smart products.
Research Group: Situated Art and Design
Living in cities developed around data and acting within the inscrutable structure of our techno-society demands art and design that can help understand how we relate to these rapidly changing surroundings and to reflect on that relationship. The research group Situated Art and Design responds to this exigency by fostering a situated turn in art and design through a diverse portfolio of interdisciplinary research projects in partnership with academic and cultural partners, as well as with government and industry.Read more
‘People are the product of their relationships with their environment. It’s important to understand how technological developments influence these relationships.’
‘Almost everything I design is based on giving form to the invisible.’
‘Through an interplay of design and research, the apt questions and necessary tools can be discovered and applied to each research project.’
‘The essence of the situated, cinematic experience of dance lies in the mental interaction where the public becomes co-author.’
‘I’m interested in how we can implement situated learning within design education.’
‘How can the notion of the ‘script’ be used in a situated design practice? ’
‘Attention during interaction is personal, not a given fact.’
‘I’m looking for methods that take people as a starting point.’
‘Getting comfortable with ambiguity enables designers to absorb feedback and use it to make better design choices.’
‘I look at the ways in which citizens can play an active role in shaping their cities, and how new media and technology can contribute to this.’
‘For me, the iterative design-research process is an exciting journey towards designs that can transform human consciousness.’
‘Power, control and chance play an important role in every creative process. I explore this complicated correlation.’