Assistant Professor of Design at UA / Design for Interaction / Care & Care Technology
In 1996, Kristof obtained his master degree in Product Development from the University College of Antwerp. Between 1997 and 2015, he worked as a product designer and freelance consultant for various design teams and offices: Bulo Office Furniture, Achilles design, Studio Dott., Peel, etc.! In those years, he acquired design experience in human-centered design, service design, concept development, and engineering design.
Since 2006, he combines his activities as a freelance product designer with an academic career. In April 2014, he obtained a PhD in Industrial Design Engineering at the Delft University of Technology. In 2015, he became a full-time Assistant Professor of Design at the Faculty of Design Sciences in Antwerp. His work is driven by a fond passion for human-product interactions and care technology. His research on ‘Product Stigmaticity’ or stigma-free design aims to improve day-to-day life for people who depend on assistive devices or assistive technology. The goal is to relieve users of the social stress related to using these solutions. The stigma-free design tools and measuring techniques that he developed, strive to go beyond the physical adaptation between user and product and aim for products that support the user’s personal and social well-being.
As a lecturer at the Faculty of Design Sciences his teachings include: product semantics, inclusive design, and design for wellbeing.
As a design tutor, he guides students in projects such as: exploring human-product interactions, product-service-systems, and master projects in product development.