Visual Language Theory & Practice in Automotive Design: Behold the Paradigm Shift!

Visual Language Theory & Practice in Automotive Design: Behold the Paradigm Shift!

2017-12-25T11:54:28+00:00 December 25th, 2017|Seminar|

Tuğra Erol (PhD) will be giving a seminar called "Visual Language Theory & Practice in Automotive Design: Behold the Paradigm Shift!" in Kubbealtı, Friday December 29th at 12:30. Tuğra Erol is a research associate in Automotive Design and Human Factors based in Coventry University’s National Transport & Design Centre which is a part of the Research Institute for Future Transport and Cities. He holds three Master degrees, first two from METU in Industrial Design and Engineering Sciences and another Master’s degree in Car and Transportation design from Scuola Politecnica di Design (SPD, Milano). Having recently completed his PhD in Industrial Design from Coventry University, he is now actively engaged with clients including ADIENT plc in applied design research with particular focus on automotive seat design. His research interests include the role of visual appearance on the perception of automotive seating comfort and designing for comfort in shared and automated vehicles (SAV).

METU Department of Industrial Design Showcased at Global Grad Show 2017 Dubai

2017-12-13T10:48:37+00:00 December 13th, 2017|Exhibition|

METU Department of Industrial Design showcased two graduation projects at Global Grad Show which is the largest ever student gathering, representing 92 of the world’s best design schools, from 43 countries on 6 continents that took place at Dubai Design Week, between 14-18 November 2017. The projects were grouped under the headings of empower, connect and sustain. Mert Yıldız’s Fellow: a medical product that tracks the fever of children was exhibited under the theme of “connect" and Damla Özekici’s Epilink: An adrenaline injector that anyone can use as exhibited under the theme of “empower”. For more information:

What do I do with Quantitative Data: Design Research, Sociology and Interdisciplinarity

2017-11-27T09:36:23+00:00 November 27th, 2017|Seminar|

Assist. Prof. Dr. Ali O. İlhan will be giving a seminar called "What do I do with Quantitative Data: Design Research, Sociology and Interdisciplinarity" in U-Test R21, Wednesday November 29th at 12:30. Ali O. Ilhan is an assistant professor of Industrial Design/Design, Technology and Society (DTS) at Ozyegin University (OzU) in Istanbul. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in industrial design from Istanbul Technical University (ITU). He also serves as the co-director of graduate studies for DTS MSc and PhD programs at OzU. Ali completed his PhD in sociology at Washington State University (WSU) in 2013. His research interests include longitudinal/hierarchical data analysis, social network analysis, science and technology studies, sociology of education, sociology of design, and critical studies of interdisciplinarity. 

METU ID at Design Week Turkey 2017

2017-12-08T10:44:11+00:00 November 25th, 2017|Exhibition|

Middle East Technical University, Department of Industrial Design conducted an exhibition called "Scenarios for Future Needs of Industry". This exhibition presents a series of university-industry collaboration projects carried out in the final year design studio in mainly 2017, with their scenarios of use. Design Week Turkey, embarking on its journey to bring design and all industries together, brings forward the theme of “Potentials of Design” in its second year. Design Week Turkey, which is an essential platform to raise awareness of the power of design, to create a design culture and to emphasize on the potential of the contributions both to our economy and our civilization by introducing Turkish Designers globally and providing competitive advantage, is organized this year at Lütfi Kırdar International Convention & Exhibition Center between November 8th and 12th, 2017 with a comprehensive program again by Republic of Turkey Ministry of Economy and Turkey Exporters Assembly.  

METU ID is the 5th Best Design School in Red Dot Design Ranking for Design Concept

2017-11-15T10:20:54+00:00 November 15th, 2017|Announcement, Award|

METU ID is once again the 5th best design school in the Europe & Americas section of the Red Dot Design Ranking for Design Concept 2017. This year’s Red Dot Award: Design Concept received 4,724 entries from 58 countries. 20 international design experts from the Red Dot jury panel selected 345 design concepts to be honored. Since its inception in 2005, the Red Dot Award: Design Concept has grown to be the largest and most recognized professional design competition for design concept and prototypes worldwide. This year, the ranking of top 15 institutions included 5 schools from the USA, 3 from the UK, and one from Germany, France, Sweden, Canada, Norway and Turkey. Winners of the Red Dot Award: Design Concept 2017 were announced and presented during the awarding ceremony in Singapore, in the newly opened Red Dot Design Museum overlooking the waterfront at the Marina Bay. The Red Dot Design Yearbook 2017, the winners’ exhibition at the museum as well as the online exhibition on the Red Dot Award: Design Concept website were also revealed upon the announcement of the highest accolade for the award, the Red Dot: Luminary. We sincerely congratulate all our students for this success.

Ataman Özdemir won Good Design Japan 2017 and Design Turkey 2017 Good Design Awards

2017-12-08T10:22:16+00:00 November 15th, 2017|Award|

As one of the winners of Design Turkey 2016 Good Design Award, our staff member Specialist Ataman Özdemir was accepted to apply the second stage of Japanese Good Design Awards 2017 with his access system for wheel chair users “Rehber Elevated Ramp”. Rehber received Good Design Award in the ceremony organized in Tokyo in November 2017. For more information: By further developing the access system, Ataman Özdemir also won Design Turkey Good Design Award this year with his design “Rehber Elevated Stair and Ramp”.  

Designing with Children: Methods and Guides

2017-10-06T08:40:03+00:00 October 6th, 2017|Seminar|

Involving end-users in the design process is considered as a way of ensuring meaningful product interactions appreciated by the users. Young users are no exception; in fact, participation of children in the design of products for their use can notably help designers to step into the young users’ world, understand their needs, concerns and desires, which in return may lead to child-friendly design solutions. However, working with such a special user group may present certain challenges for designers, mainly due to intergenerational differences between adult designers and young users. By providing an overview of participatory methods and techniques, and practical guides to designing with children, this presentation aims to serve as an introductory source for novice practitioners of co-design sessions collaborating with children. Topics covered will include expected contributions from children at different phases of the design process, generative methods to explore children’s space, co-design and design partnerships, practical guides and tips for fruitful co-design sessions, and ethical issues. Sedef is a research assistant and PhD candidate at METU Department of Industrial Design. Her doctoral dissertation focuses on methods of elicitation and communication of children’s product experiences to inform early design ideation process. Her research interests [...]

STS Turkey Launch Meeting

2017-10-04T07:45:27+00:00 October 4th, 2017|Event|

Launch meeting for Turkish Science and Technology Studies Network STS TURKEY, coordinated by a team including our METU Industrial Design staff member Harun Kaygan, took place on 3-4 October 2017 in Orient-Institut Istanbul.

UTAK 2018 – 3. National Design Research Conference

2017-10-04T07:41:07+00:00 October 4th, 2017|Event|

3rd National Design Research Conference, UTAK 2018 will be held in METU between September 12 and 14, 2018. We are hoping to come together and share your work on research, practice and education based on this year's main theme: "Design and Hope". You can reach the conference website on Please direct your questions to . Regards, UTAK2018 Committee. Last date to submit abstracts: November 3, 2017