Product, Design, Arnhem.

Dutch Design Week, 2014.

Product Design and Interaction Design have sought common ground for students to explore the dynamics of crossover work in the digital and the material domains. The departments collaborate to research the relevance and purpose of design, in order to enable the students to craft a different awareness of the world they will work in. The two departments co-hosted Uncertainty Studios during the Dutch Design Week.


Uncertainty Studios was the result of a collaborative research project in which uncertainty and relevancy were investigated through physical and digital gestures, information design and material explorations. Uncertainty Studios consisted of young and established alumni, a research project by 3rd-year students and a series of lectures on lightness, sound, fiction and psychology by international guests such as Hillel Schwarz (US), Nuno Coelho (UK), Ed van Hinte (NL) and Noam Toran (UK).

Future of The Lab, Research trip China, 2014.

The Future of The Lab is about defining new intersections and reshaping the role of tools, equipment and learning. The research trip to China (Shanghai, Jingdezhen and Beijing) was focused on the future of design, exploring new methods and frontiers that are essential to tomorrow’s design education. The team of tutors and students visited various studios, local industries and The Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Beijing. During one of their visits, they met up with the founder of Hackerspace, David Li, and discussed the contradictions surrounding DIY hacking developments in China. The program in Beijing was co-hosted by studio Henny van Nistelrooy. 

Study trip, Duisburg, 2014.

At the start of the first semester, fieldtrips are organised to welcome the new group of students. The course team organised an introduction day to Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord and the Zollverein in Essen. Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord illustrates the environmental transformation of a formerly industrialised coal-mining region. Students explored the grounds and sights that were once formed by industrial use but are now interwoven with a newly curated landscape, open to the public. 

Finals, 2014.

The annual Finals show offer visitors a unique opportunity to experience the very best of emerging contemporary art and design practice from all including Product Design, Interaction Design, Graphic Design, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Creative Writing and Fine Art and Design in Education (DBKV). The students exhibit work of exceptional quality, imagination and skill. Each year, Product Design Arnhem invites a curator and a external examiner to work with the graduate students on the design of the exhibition, catalogue and programs. During the Finals the audience has the opportunity to see where a new generation in all its diversity and exploration, is headed. External examiners Suzanne Oxenaar + Hein van Dam.


Food Design, Survival Clinic, 2014.

Over the past years, students have formed their projects on a briefing by Katja Gruijters and Sander Luske. Through questioning, experimenting and debating the relevance of the briefing, students create their own vision on the theme. In the project Food Survival Clinic, students went on a foraging survival trip with herbalist Frank Radder in search of edible and healing ingredients on the riverbanks of Meinerswijk, Arnhem.Students presented their Food Survival Clinic products and installations at the Finals exhibition in Arnhem. They invited the audience to take part in their projects and experience food in a different way.

Open Days, 2014.

In November, the department was open to the public. Open Days, during which applicants can visit the department and meet staff and students, are held each year. The department showcases work, films and installations from all 4 years in the study program. Those interested in studying at ArtEZ can talk to students and lecturers, and savour the atmosphere at the school. If you are considering applying for the program, please contact the department to stay informed of the orientation program, which includes orientation days with workshops, lectures and portfolio reviews.

Study trip, Copenhagen, 2014.

The annual study trip for 1st and 2nd-year students took place in Copenhagen, Denmark. By immersing themselves in the context of design studios, students enter into lively discussions with practitioners. Through a practice-based network, they experience the work field from different perspectives. This year’s program explored attitudes and techniques in the domain of cultural and traditional themes.


The program included visits to exhibitions, local initiatives and studios such as the Kvadrat label, studio Kim Buck, the Louisiana and Glyptoteket museums and architecture by Arne Jacobsen.


Workshop, Food for life, 2014.

‘Is it possible to ensure sufficient, good, healthy and sustainable food for all mankind?’ This was the main question for the study trip to the Milan Expo 2014. For one week, students from IED Milano and Product Design ArtEZ worked together on Food For Life, supported by the Dutch General Consulate. What can be the role of the designer and the design industry in addressing these problems and helping to overcome them? The students focused on the role of design and reframed these questions, tracing these problems in their immediate environment in Milan. In doing so, they were able to test their designs and exchange their ideas with local institutions, stores and citizens. 

Workshop, Bio design, 2014.

In September, 3rd-year students worked with Eric Klarenbeek on a project called Bio Design Mycelium Pleurotus. At Mediamatic in Amsterdam, students explored living Mycelium materials in a laboratory setting and investigated new forms and applications. Eric Klarenbeek also gave a lecture about his work and discussed how he has 3D-printed a chair with living fungi to increase the strength of the structure.