I like people to be considerate. Of themselves, of the people around them, and of the direction the world is taking. I believe that the world exists of an endless chain of trials, errors, and successes and that the only way to move forward in such a messy process is through reflection and consideration. Design can trigger this: it can question our opinion, trigger reliving of our experiences, create awareness of our habits and believes, and explicate our influence on other people. Not by being controversial, but by adapting to their users and their context and serve as a mirror, reflecting back aspects that can be used for contemplation.

Karin Niemantsverdriet /


Lecturing & Coaching

Lecturer and Student Coach

Department of Industrial Design, TU/e
I am involved in defining and coaching students in their semester-long student projects on designing for multi-user Interaction and interaction with contemporary lighting systems. I am also involved in teaching of the Master elective “Designing for Focused and Peripheral Interaction”.
2014 – present

High School Student Coach on Research and Design

Department of Industrial Design, TU/e
Coaching high school students in their ten-week projects for the subject Onderzoek & Ontwerpen (Research and Design).
2011 - 2013


Internship Product Development and Design Strategy

VanBerlo Studios, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Four months of intership, followed by several freelance projects.
August 2009 - December 2009


Communication & PR assistant

Department of Industrial Design, TU/e
Organising and hosting PR visits, giving promotional presentations on Industrial Design at high schools, and developing the permanent exhibition of student work, amongst many other activities.
2008 - 2014

Study Information Officer

Central Communication Team, TU/e
2008 - 2013


Venue chair of TEI16

Venue organization of the tenth ACM International annual conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction (TEI), held February 14-17 2016 in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

Production Assistant of the annual Design United Exhibitions

Design United, 3TU joint research center for design
Involved with the organization of the exhibitions Design United (Dutch Design Week 2011), Design Changes (Dutch Design Week 2012) and Design changes Design (Dutch Design Week 2013)
2011 - 2013

Organising of FAB7, Fab Lab Lima, Peru

Setting up the first lab for Digital Fabrication in South America, and co-organizing the international conference FAB7, together with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
February - August 2011

Volunteer work in Chinandega, Nicaragua

Teaching English at high school Instituto Filemon Riviera Quintero, the youth prison of Chinandega and primary school Villa Catalina.
July 2006 - January 2007


Karin Niemantsverdriet, Mendel Broekhuijsen, Harm van Essen, and Berry Eggen. 2016. Designing for Multi-User Interaction in the Home Environment: Implementing Social Translucence. In Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS '16). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 1303-1314.

Thomas van de Werff, Karin Niemantsverdriet, Harm van Essen, and Berry Eggen. 2016. Designing Multi-user Lighting Interfaces: Four strategies to implement Social Translucence. In Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Conference Companion Publication on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS '16 Companion). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 137-140.

Karin Niemantsverdriet and Maarten Versteeg (2016). Interactive Jewellery as Memory Cue: Designing a Sound Locket for Individual Reminiscence. In Proceedings of the TEI '16: Tenth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction (TEI '16). ACM, New York, NY, USA, p. 532-538.

Karin Niemantsverdriet and Joep Frens (2015). Design for Attachment: an explorative search for product qualities that enhance our emotional bond with digital products. In Proceedings of DeSForM: the 9th International Conference on Design and Semantics of Form and Movement , Milan, Italy, p. 57-65.

Karin Niemantsverdriet, Johanna Kint, Paul Groenendaal & Dennis de Klein (2012). Light through culture: findings of a two-week intercultural and multidisciplinary workshop on the expression of culture through an interactive light installation. Presented at Creative design for interdisciplinary project in cultural heritage (CDCH) , October 4, 2012, Innsbruck, Austria.



PhD Interaction Design

Intelligent lighting institute, User Centered Engineering Group, Industrial Design, TU/e
Research on preference construction and multi-user lighting interaction for the home environment
2014 - present

Master Industrial Design

MSc degree, Cum Laude
Eindhoven University of Technology
August 2011 - January 2014

Extra minor Art History

University of Utrecht
August 2010 - January 2011

Bachelor Industrial Design

BSc Degree
Eindhoven University of Technology
2007 - 2010


Spanish language course

DELE-level B2.3, Instituto Cervantes, Utrecht
September - December 2010

Spanish language course in Barcelona, Spain

Tandem Language School, DELE-level B1
April - June 2007



Dutch, Native speaker
English, Full professional proficiency
Spanish, Professional proficiency


MS Office, Adobe Creative Suite
Programming (Java, ActionScript 3, HTML, CSS)


Wood, sketching, electronics, lighting technologies, cardboard, rapid prototyping, Arduino, Processing.


Memento, at Royal Showpieces

Dutch Royal Palace Het Loo, Apeldoorn, The Netherlands April – October 2014

Prospera, at ID’13

Dutch Design Week 2013, Main Building TU/e
October 2013

The New Machine Era, at STRP

STRP Biennale 2013, Klokgebouw Eindhoven, The Netherlands
February 2013

Shift, at GLOW

GLOW Light festival 2012, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
November 2012

Light through Culture

METU Art Festival, Ankara, Turkey, April 2012

Dutch Technology Week 2012, Main Building TU/e, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, June 2012

Dutch Design Week 2012, Video Lab Strijp-S, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, October 2012