digital design

Design created with the help of computers and other digital devices.


As part of the group assignment of this year's Fab Academy at Waag, a Marble Calender Machine was made.


In 'Things Come Apart 2.0', photographer Todd McLellan records digital devices that he has taken apart.


Paris has a digital participation platform called Budget Participatif. Access to the platform is simple. But is this user-friendliness desirable?


Pam de Sterke and Dick van Dijk of Waag collaborated in a new publication of the European Theatre Lab: Digital Theatre. A Casebook.


The Digital Identity Lab looked for new ideas, concepts and concrete tools that can include a reliable and secure digital identity.


How do we build our own personal history and in which way will we be remembered after our death? Two important questions for concept developer and designer Josse Willems. During her graduation project at Waag she explored how we collect memories and how this is all changing because of the society we live in.


For Maptime, developer Bert Spaan created a nifty online tool to extract the data of a street pattern, and turn it into an object. You can simply choose your favourite part of the city and create a vector image (svg) of it. This svg can be used at digital machines, like they have at a Fablab or other makerspace, to fabricate a sticker (with the vinyl cutter) or laser it from wood.


As an outcome of the Design/Fabrication lab project, we have put together a report, that is now available as a free download.




What do nicotine, Twitter, alcohol, Instagram, caffeine, and Farmville have in common? That you become easily addicted to them, and that they are an excellent source of income for their creators (except Twitter, maybe). Recently, a book was published on how to do just that: design apps and websites in such a way that people become captivated by their screens and smartphones.


The Design/Fabrication Lab was an initiative to build an urban digital fabrication laboratory, school, and factory for the future.


The past open design contest of 2014 challenged designers to send in their 3D designs for a Fairphone Accessory.


For the event 'What design can do', senior curator of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, Paola Antonelli, came to The Netherlands. On the day before the event she visited three top design locations, one of them being Waag. She made a tour guided by Sabine Wildevuur of our Creative Care Lab and was showed the Fablab Amsterdam on the first floor of the building.


Steve Swiggers and Vincent Muller of the Dutch branch of Wikihouse presented their design at the RAP for an open source garden house. Via they invited everyone to co-design specific parts they could find a solution for themselves.


A prosthetic arm that can be produced in around six hours with a 3D printer. In short, that is what 'Project Daniel' comprises, of the American Not Impossible Labs. It was created for Daniel Omar, a Sudanese 14-year-old who had his hands blown off by a bomb dropped by the Sudanese government in an attack on rebel forces.


Who wants to do the Dutch Design Week 2013 (DDW13) in just one day has to make choices, as there is an overflowing supply.


Waag is a regular guest at the annual Dutch Design Week (DDW) in Eindhoven.


How to position yourself in the field of design research? As a researching designer of as designing researcher? This theme was explored at the third design research hotpot, that took place on Wednesday 19 June. This edition of the evening was organized at design agency Muzus in The Hague. Sanne and Neele welcomed the participants in their atmospheric studio, to involve them in an inspiring discussion.


On June 13 2013, we celebrated the final anniversary of CineGrid Amsterdam, a project that has put ‘4K and beyond’ on the map in the Netherlands.


On 5 April 2013, Marjolein Lunenborg graduated at the University Twente, direction health psychology. The subject of her thesis was our project BodyGuard. A short report of her internship at Waag.


We know Blender as an open source 3D animation tool. But Blender has also long supported the .STL file format used to export for 3D print and it is very welcome news that there will be additional support within the software to help modelers. These new features will greatly help save users’ time in finding issues with their models.


For the project ‘Low Cost Prosthesis’, our designer Mickael Boulay is currently working on an adjustable connection part and a foot. To get relevant feedback and to be able to make the next steps, he gathered experts in the Waag for a meetup.


On 10 and 11 January, twenty youngsters tested our new installation for the project Play. Concept developer Marise Schot describes the tests and the results.


More and more elements from the mobile world are now entering the computer operating systems. But are these useful?


The Self Building Building project responds to residents’ needs to design and customize their own living environment. Moreover, it searches for solutions to the stagnation in the building practice.


From the field of education the reactions on the initiative of Maurice de Hond's the iPad school are mixed. On the one hand, critics point out that there are already existing similar initiatives (it is not very new) and secondly, the primacy of technology is critized. The reaction of de Hond on his critics is easy, he says they have no right to speak because they are illiterate and technophobe.




During the three days of the PICNIC Festival 2011, the NDSM Wharf saw an exceptional sculpture emerge.


The design of products is no longer reserved for professional designers only. With today's computer-driven prototyping machines, anyone can make designs and print them in 3D.


The community park as shared media space. A metal tree that is self-sufficient and spreads your messages.


The first edition of Register van de Dag van Gister (Yesterday's Register) was a multimedia project for elderly in cooperation with Kunstgebouw, Probiblio and Rosanne van Klaveren in 2004.