Product, Design, Arnhem.

Design Residency, Frank Verkade, 2016.

The Product Design department was the first within ArtEZ to host a Design Residency Program, and granted a residency period (September - December 2016) to designer Frank Verkade. Through this residency, design professionals work within the department for a specific period of time to build bridges between practice and education. Practitioners are provided with an opportunity to develop new work and participate in or organise talks, teaching, events and/or exhibitions.


During his residency, Frank Verkade explored the intimate relationship between design and the human form. His wearable objects are directly shaped onto the body, which functions as the scene of display as well as the origin of their form. His work reflects upon anatomy, connecting the human, animal and plantae kingdoms. In addition to his self-initiated works, Frank has gained experience through working with artists and designers such as Ted Noten and Bart Hess, and with cultural institutions like the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and the Saint-Étienne Design Biennale.

Open Days, 2016.

In November, the department was open to the public. This year’s special guests were the alumni group Future Makers, who presented the showcase they had organised for Dutch Design Week. 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.

Fieldworks, Manchester, 2016.

The Fieldworks program allows students from years 1-2-3-4 to work with international partners. The aim is for students to collaborate, share, and obtain skills and knowledge, while exploring networks and working methods outside of the department.


Fieldworks Manchester was a two-day workshop during the Design Manchester week (UK). Students from Product Design ArtEz, BA(Hons), Three Dimensional Design and the MA in Landscape Architecture explored notions of the future city. Students researched, tested and designed instruments to interpret and propose scenarios in response to Pomona Island, a currently vacant area within the city of Manchester. The workshop took place at InSitu Architectural Salvage in Hulme, Jo Hartley studio and the Manchester Metropolitan University. Students gave informal presentations of their first day’s progress in a Show and Tell session at the Pilcrow Pub, linking with participants of the New Generation: Design for Living Symposium.

Transition, Biodesign workshop, 2016.

The 3rd-year students of Product Design, Interaction Design and Graphic Design studied the world of living matter in a four-day workshop. The students prepared presentations about their findings on growth and time-based processes.


Over the past few decades, biology has entered public consciousness more than any other science. We’ve been learning that organisms, consisting of organised information, can be manipulated and their features combined to perform new, specific functions. The purpose of this experimental workshop is to arouse curiosity about living materials, to explore a hands-on approach, to learn about the microbial world and to reflect on life at large.


This workshop was realized with the planning and expertise of guest tutor Maurizio Montalti, of Officina Corpuscoli.

Workshop, Summer session, 2016.

The Product Design department began the new study year with the Summer+Winter sessions. At the start of each semester of years 1,2,3 and 4, the students work together for one week within different workshop themes. This not only makes a great introduction for our 1st-year students, but also develops a strong sense of synergy, collaboration and exchange of skills across the different study years. The department asked a group of diverse practitioners to develop workshops that explored the wide-ranging field of design. One week of hard work was concluded with a performance and an exhibition, organized by the students.


The summer workshops were facilitated by Yuri Veerman, Ed van Hinte, Bernadette Deddens (UK) and Katja Gruijters.

Food Design, Food Under Construction, 2016.

In the Food under Construction project, 2nd-year students worked towards new scenarios and products concerning the future of food. Their work was developed through searching for new opportunities, questioning the food industry and experimenting with sustainable alternatives that may help us treat our planet and each other in a responsible way. Students presented the results of the Food Under Construction project during the 2016 Finals. The students hosted an event during which the audience could taste and experience their projects.


The project tutors were Katja Gruijters and Sander Luske.


Finals, 2016.

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: Marloes Ten Bhömer and Wendy Plomp.

Photography: Sander Luske and Rana Ghavami


Study trip, London and Manchester, 2016.

The annual study trip for 1st- and 2nd-year students took place in Manchester and London. By immersing themselves in the context of design studios, students enter into lively discussions with practitioners. This year’s program, themed Past-Present-Future Craft, explored attitudes and techniques in the domain of analogue, technological and traditional methods. The department actively maintains contact with a network of colleges and schools in the UK: many members of the team have obtained their Master’s in London or work with industry and museums there. Through this practice-based network, students experience the work field from different perspectives. The program included visits to exhibitions, local initiatives and studios such as MadLab, Kostya Novoselov, Martino Gamper, Mathias Hahn, Peter Marigold, Studio O Portable and Studio Peut-Porter.

Workshop, Hackathon, 2016.

Each year, the Interaction Design department organizes Hackathon workshops, aimed at exploring various methods of hacking appliances and found objects. The 2016 Hackathon, co-organised with tutor Frank Kolkman, was open to Product Design students as well. On day one, the students analysed the design, function and use of such objects. On day two, they hacked and transformed these objects into kinetic machines and tools.

Transition, Final presentation, 2016.

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.

Hybrids, Manufacture of Desire, 2016.

In this project, students examined the role of design and the power of images in shaping our desires, and mapped and visualised the various ways in which we are seduced to use or consume objects and things. The purpose of this project is to introduce students to formats such as installations, and alternative forms of exhibition design. The results were presented at Showroom in Arnhem. During this event, Yuri Veerman gave a lecture on the role of language, signs and symbols in our contemporary Culture. The project was guided by Marcel van Kan, and Jules Langenberg and Rana Ghavami were invited for the mid-term evaluation. 

Workshop, Light, 2016.

The 1st-year students began the year 2016 with a weeklong lighting workshop by Willem van der Sluis and Jochem Faudet. Students were introduced to the properties of light, taking different sources of light as their starting point and designing them into new objects with new functions. The workshop results determined the framework of the light design course, and the first mock-ups and sketches by students were further developed during this course. 

Workshop, Textiles, 2016.

Product Design has developed a profound base of high-quality craftsmanship throughout the BA program, where students build their vision on design through research and making. From 2015 the department has set course towards the creation of new materials on the basis of ingredients and resources. This resulted in workshops on bio-design and classes on creating new materials. 3rd-year students have investigated new approaches towards textiles in workshops with tutor Klaartje Martens and guest tutor Joris Suk from Maison De FAUX. By working on experimental methods and material (de)constructions for several weeks, students studied new qualities and applications of textiles.

Workshop, Footwear Design, 2016.

Each year Lilian Sanderson, senior designer at Fred de la Bretoniere, is invited for a workshop with 2nd-year students. This workshop is meant to introduce students to the practice of shoemaking. They learn the entire process: responding to the brief and demands of a client, various techniques and skills, use of (alternative) materials and finally the production and design of footwear. This workshop has a great appeal to the students, who enjoy exploring the working environment of designing footwear. Next to Lilian Sanderson, other guests such as Elsien Grinhuis, Jan Schrijver and Karolien van Mensvoort have also been involved in this project.