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).

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. 

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 [...]

International Research Project Launch Event

2017-10-06T08:33:55+00:00 June 15th, 2017|Seminar|

The UK Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project has explored ways in which methods of co-design and industrial design can identify new product opportunities that utilise indigenous material resources and crafts. Through creative product design thinking, 40 diverse product concepts with the potential to support an export-based supply chain have been identified and visualised.  The ultimate aim of the project is to help reduce poverty by generating new opportunities for employment in the associated supply chain. The project has had a distinctive focus on the needs of emerging economies and, in addition to the Middle East Technical University, has been supported by academics from, University of Nairobi (Kenya), Bandung Institute of Technology (Indonesia) and Kampala University (Uganda). The launch event will include a presentation by Dr Timothy Whitehead from Aston University who will provide an overview of the project and introduce the key outcomes that include a website, video and fold-out card-based tool that provides inspiration to designers, manufacturers, entrepreneurs and government agencies based in both emerging economies and developed countries. Copies of the fold-out design tool will be provided to all attendees at the event that will also include a pop-up exhibition for the [...]

CROSSWAY: Urban Transit Concept

2017-08-24T14:51:35+00:00 April 5th, 2017|Seminar|

Our guest lecturer, Amsal Mumtaz from National University of Sciences and Technology, Pakistan, will give a seminar, entitled "CROSSWAY: Urban Transit Concept" on April 6th, 12:30, at Kubbealtı, Faculty of Architecture. We hope to see all those interested in the seminar.

Seminar: Working with Industrial Design Students from the Perspective of Architecture, Engineering and Business Administration Students

2017-09-28T13:38:52+00:00 May 7th, 2016|Seminar|

  Students of the Interdisciplinary Design Studio; Elif Merve Ünsal, İbrahim Anıl Balkan, Utku Ay ve Jean-Piere Demir will be joining us in a panel, titled: "Working with Industrial Design Students from the Perspective of Architecture, Engineering and Business Administration Students", in part of the ID480 Introduction to Design Management Seminars. We hope to see all those interested in Kubbealtı, Faculty of Architecture between 14.00 and 15.30 on May 9th, 2016.

Seminar: “Stories of Design Management in Arçelik”

2017-09-28T14:15:34+00:00 April 2nd, 2016|Seminar|

  Özgür Mutlu Öz, Senior UX&Industrial Designer in Arçelik will be giving a seminar called "Stories of Design Management in Arçelik" via video conferencing on Monday, April 4th 2016 between 15:00-16:30 at Kubbealtı in the Faculty of Architecture, within the scope of the course ID480 Introduction to Design Management. We hope to see all those interested in the seminar.  

METU 60th Anniversary Honorary Lecture Series 4: Prof. Ulrich Weinberg

2017-09-28T14:22:36+00:00 March 4th, 2016|Event, Seminar|

  As part of ODTÜ’s 60th Anniversary Honorary Lecture Series Spring Program, Prof. Ulrich Weinberg will give a talk on "Design Thinking: The Creative Power of Teams!” on March 18, 2016 Friday at 14.00 in Culture and Convention Center Kemal Kurdas Hall. For more information on Prof. Weinberg please visit: