Aesthetic Pleasure in Design on DRS2016

Additional theme on Aesthetic Pleasure in Design on DRS2016, the 50th anniversary conference of the Design Research Society. Chaired by Michaël Berghman, with co-conveners Paul Hekkert, Marc Hassenzahl and Janneke Blijlevens.

27-30 June 2016, Brighton, UK.

Project UMA is looking for graduation students!

Odette da Silva and Paul Hekkert are looking for master graduation students to understand how products are aesthetically appreciated when the designers’ intentions are known. The project details can be seen in the flyer.

Congress of the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics 2014

Project UMA is aiming to present their work at the 2014 Congress of the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics (IAEA) which will be held in New York City from August 22-24, 2014. The event website can be seen here.

Project UMA logo

Jeroen van Erp from one of the leading design agencies of the Netherlands – Fabrique – designed our logo!


UMA Istanbul

Project UMA group held their annual group meeting in Galata, Istanbul (October, 2013). The three day workshop involved presentations and group discussions of the current situations of the individual projects, and future planning.


Visiting Researcher Award

Clementine Thurgood and Janneke Blijlevens were awarded a Swinburne Research Visiting Researcher Scheme grant for a visit of Janneke Blijlevens to Swinburne University of Technology (01/01/2013 – 31/01/2013).

IASDR 2013 Invited session on Aesthetic Experience in Design

Paul Hekkert and Lin-Lin Chen organized an invited session on Aesthetic Experience in Design at IASDR Conference, held at Tokyo on August 2013. The session aimed to bring together the best of current aesthetic research in design aesthetics, involving the principles, models and frameworks, research methodologies and case studies. The proceedings of the conference can be seen here

Project UMA at TeaP 2013

Ruben Post and Janneke Blijlevens presented their work at TeaP 2013 (Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psychologen – Conference of Experimental Psychologists), held at University of Vienna on March 2013.

IAEA Congress on Empirical Aesthetics 2012

Paul Hekkert, Ruben Post, Janneke Blijlevens, and Clementine Thurgood presented their work at IAEA Congress on Empirical Aesthetics, held in Taipei on August, 2012.

Kick off Project UMA

Project UMA officially launched with a kick-off meeting on October 31st, 2011 at Delft University of Technology. In addition to the talks about the underlying theoretical framework, we also worked on some practical and methodological issues that play a key role in Project UMA through workshops