Elise van den Hoven

Elise van den Hoven

Elise van den Hoven

An interaction designer studying how tangible and physical interaction can be used for interaction with digital information in everyday environments.  Currently, I am assistant professor at the Industrial Design department of theEindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands.

I believe that computers and keyboard-mouse interactions with a GUI are great inventions, but not for all applications, users and contexts of use. That is why I got so interested in tangible interaction. This new field shows potential for making the increasingly digital world physical again, without loosing the obvious benefits of the digital.
In my work I try to understand how to design tangible interaction in such a way that users can benefit most, physically, mentally as well as socially.

The design interests me at all levels, e.g. the form-giving of the object, the interactions people have with physical artifacts (grasping, picking, building), but also: how to design for remembering, for fun, for social interaction, for meeting someone, for (collaborative) learning, for distributed cognition or embodied interaction.

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