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Katrien Ploegmakers

MA work

My work is driven by a belief that design is a reaction to user needs. What I enjoy most is designing products, environments and services that enrich the lives of the people who use them.

is a set of tableware objects that explores the unseen potential of involving ALL our senses in the eating experience. SENSE! enables us to enjoy new sensations by using our sense of taste, smell and touch to a greater extent, and teaching us not to always trust our eyes. Squease (group project) is a garment for teenagers with Autistic Spectrum Disorder that helps them cope better with stressful situations on the move through its deep pressure systems and high frequency sound filtering headphones.

Info

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Design

    Programme

    MA Innovation Design Engineering, 2009

  • My work is driven by a belief that design is a reaction to user needs. What I enjoy most is designing products, environments and services that enrich the lives of the people who use them.

    is a set of tableware objects that explores the unseen potential of involving ALL our senses in the eating experience. SENSE! enables us to enjoy new sensations by using our sense of taste, smell and touch to a greater extent, and teaching us not to always trust our eyes. Squease (group project) is a garment for teenagers with Autistic Spectrum Disorder that helps them cope better with stressful situations on the move through its deep pressure systems and high frequency sound filtering headphones.

  • Degrees

  • BSc Industrial Design, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands, 2005; Graduate Diploma, Graphic Design, 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, 2001
  • Experience

  • Designer and Founder, K's DESIGN, Eindhoven, Netherlands, 2005-present; Designer, Philips Design, Eindhoven, Netherlands, 2008; Design Researcher, d.search-labs, Eindhoven, Netherlands, 2006; Designer, GEW Corporation Ltd., Hong Kong, 2004
  • Exhibitions

  • Seoul Design Olympiad, Jamsil Stadium, Seoul, Korea, 2008; Design United, Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven, Netherlands, 2006
  • Awards

  • Dyson Foundation Award, 2009; The Professor's Commendation Award for Outstanding Quality of Work (for Squease), 2009; Finalist, Deutsche Bank Design Award, 2009