Activiteit Dutch Design Week:
Cube design museum lecture series

The value of design thinking explored by four international speakers.

25 oktober 2016 bekijk details »
Free, please RSVP!
Tickets kopen

Cube design museum is a hybrid institution that exhibits design for human needs and ambitions and focuses on the design process in the Cube design labs. These labs provide a space where museum visitors can co-design and co-create with design students, researchers and other stakeholders based on the principles of design thinking.

In a series of three lectures and a documentary film, the value of design thinking for creating products, concepts and services that meet complex (future) human needs and ambitions will be discussed during the Dutch Design Week 2016 at Natlab on Strijp-S in Eindhoven.

Entrance is free, seats limited: make sure you reserve your spot by claiming your free ticket! Each lecture and the film has a separate ticket.


Tuesday 25th of October:

See below for more information on the speakers and the film. The official language of this event is English.



Kastanjelaan 500
5616LZ Eindhoven

Strijp Area

Lecture: What is design thinking?

Karen von Schmieden

What is design thinking? And how is it used in practice? Jan Schmiedgen and Karen von Schmieden give an introduction to the methodology and mindset. They present real-life examples of design thinking adoption - from a startup that designed its business model based on user insights in East Africa, to a student team that came up with a bathroom product that embraced the needs of the elderly.

Jan SchmiedgenJan and Karen are researchers in the HPI Stanford Design Thinking Research Program. They run and curate, the most comprehensive online collection of design thinking case studies in the web. In addition Jan just co-authored and published one of the most extensive studies on the adaptation of design thinking in organizations ( Karen also works as a journalist and in a startup for radio technology. She is an alumna of the School of Design Thinking, having worked on projects for Charité Berlin and the Rundfunk Berlin Brandenburg.

Reserve your seat.

Lecture: Every child a social designer!

With her Designathon Works learning method grounded in design thinking, the child is understood as a complete human being endowed with great creative capacity. Through this method, Emer Beamer enables teachers to tap into the natural space of play within a child and among children, to stimulate their interest and engagement in social issues, and from there, challenge them to design solutions for these issues aided by the use of modern technology.

Emer is a social designer, educator and the founder of Designathon Works. Previously Emer co-founded Butterfly Works, co-creation studio in the Netherlands working in 22 countries, and Nairobits in Kenya, a design school for young people from the slums. With 7000 graduates and still going strong after 15 years, Nairobits now has off-shoots in 7 African countries. 
Emer is an Ashoka Fellow and Lego Foundation re-imagining learning fellow.

Reserve your seat.

Film: Design Disruptors

  • A documentary by Invision - Directed by Catalyst
  • 17.30 - 18.40 hrs

The future of business is being written by companies and products that—intentionally or not— shake billion dollar industries. In Design Disruptors, enter the world of 15+ industry-toppling companies—valued at more than $1 trillion dollars combined—with one unifying secret advantage: the transformative power of design.

Design Disruptors, released on June 29, 2016, reveals a never-before-seen perspective on the design approaches of these companies and how they are overtaking billion dollar industries through design.

Reserve your seat.

Lecture: Meat the Future

With the world’s population expected to reach nine billion people by 2050, it becomes impossible to produce and consume meat like we do today. In vitro meat, grown from cells in a laboratory, could provide a sustainable and animal-friendly alternative. Yet, before we can decide if we are willing to eat in vitro, we must explore the new food culture it will bring us.

In the context of the exhibition Meat the Future in Cube design museum in Kerkrade, Koert van Mensvoort (Next Nature Network/ TU Eindhoven, former ambassador of Dutch Design Week) presents his research about in vitro meat recipes that might be on our plate one day. The recipes are developed by a team of cooks, designers, engineers and artists. As in vitro meat is still being developed you cannot cook the recipes just yet. However, they will provide abundant food for thought and discussion.

Picture: Walter Kallenbach.

Reserve your seat.

Organized by Cube design museum

Cube design museum displays meaningful design that has an impact on the world. A visit to Cube will provide an insight in the design process; it will inspire visitors to take an active part in thinking about shaping the world. Cube does not only stage exhibitions of trend-setting international and Euregional design, it also functions as a multidisciplinary laboratory where visitors can take part in innovative product design together with students and designers.

Image: Rene de Wit.



Dutch Design Week 2016 - Lectures Cube design museum

  • 25 oktober 2016

    13:30 16:00 17:30 19:00