Industrial Design Engineering (IDE)
Industrial design engineers educated at Delft University of Technology are engineers trained to work in product development. IDE is a multidisciplinary study, ID engineers learn learn about every aspect of product design. We have strong practical design skills, a broad technological grounding and extensive knowledge of innovation processes. At the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, we actually devise, study and improve products. This is done based upon the wishes and needs of users, the business community and society as a whole.
Industrial design engineering at Delft University of Technology is the largest university-based design course in the world. Since it was founded in 1965, more than 3000 designers have graduated in IDE. Delft is also a pioneer in educational innovation and a source of important research in the field of industrial design engineering. Following the mission of the Faculty of IDE, the overall research objective has been defined as follows:
Fostering sustainable well-being by exploring, generating and transferring knowledge and technologies for industrial design.
The key element of this goal is ‘sustainable well-being’. Well-being refers to an experiential state of people and organisations, which can have many shapes, such as satisfaction, fulfilment, support, inspiration, protection, acknowledgment, comfort, happiness, and involvement. The terms of this well-being is not unconditional; it must be sustainable. Its realisation must consider the interests of ‘others’, i.e. culture, other people and organisations. This sustainability may take the form of (material) durability, sustained use, or prolonged affective or aesthetic life span; or it will take the form of social or cultural responsibility.