Through the Transition program, the departments Product Design, Graphic Design and Interaction Design have formed a new alliance in order to map and investigate tomorrow’s work fields. The Transition theme was chosen to draw attention to the wide diversification between students across departments. A constantly changing world gives impetus to new demands and needs, as well as to transformations that designers cannot ignore. Change drives creative processes, questions and output. But what does transition mean for the next generation of design? The various phases of the program lead students through research, fieldwork and a study trip in areas that range from programming, electronics, craft and materials to industry, food, bio-design and science.
This ongoing research project is not only focused on developing a strong future department, but also on building the future of design education. In the coming academic year, the alliance will further develop its program and activities. The 2015-2016 project tutors were Richard Vijgen, Hendrik-Jan Grievink, Thomas Castro, Katja Gruijters, Judith van den Boom, and guest tutor Ed van Hinte. Manami Saito acted as host in Tokyo.