This Happened

This Happened @ Future Flux Festival

dynamic talks about the journey taken during the creative process


This Happened is an evening filled with dynamic talks about the journey taken during the creative process – from the first idea to the end product and everything in between. These evenings are organised all over the world and have been a regular feature in Rotterdam since 2013. On the pretext of ‘having ideas is easier than realising them’, designers demonstrate the materialisation of interactive projects.

The programme is put together by designers Adriaan Wormgoor and Pieter Diepenmaat. Especially for this edition of FUTURE FLUX FESTIVAL, they have invited Design Researcher Froukje Sleeswijk Visser as guest curator. Together they will select 4 speakers, who in 10 inspiring minutes will each tell us about their projects, after which you can fire away questions at them, also for 10 minutes.

Meet these artists and their work:
Leanne Wijnsma: The Smell of Data
Chris Meeuwsen -Your bank card as public transport card
Luke Chen -VW social music for car sharing
Toon Welling & David Menting – Dato DUO social synthesizer

Leanne Wijnsma – The Smell of Data
Leanne will talk about her project The Smell of Data. The sense of smell helped early humans to survive. But now that our hunting and gathering has moved to the digital environment, our noses can no longer warn us of the lurking dangers in the online wilderness.The Smell of Data is a prototype that produces scents created to instinctively alert internet users of data leaks on personal devices. Leanne will share what it is like to design a smelling experience by iterating a connected dispenser and creating custom scents.

If you want to experience it for yourself, the Smell of Data is also available as part of the Playground program of the FUTURE FLUX FESTIVAL.

Chris Meeuwsen – Your bank card as public transport card
Chris will talk about his graduation project in which he took a closer look at the adoption of the contactless bank card in Dutch public transport. Within this project various user researches were conducted, both abroad as well as in the Netherlands, to get a better idea of what it would mean to implement such a service. Chris will talk about the struggles to convince stakeholders of the worth of extensive user research as well as the threat of not listening to your potential users.

Luke Chen – VW social music for car sharing
The notion of car sharing easily makes sense from a practical point of view but how does it address feelings of ownership and subsequent responsibility for the car? UX designer Luke Chen (currently at TomTom) embarked on a service design project for Volkswagen exploring how careful music curation could be used as a social tool to address those questions. Luke will talk about the surprising “Uh?!” and “Wow!” moments that happened when unexpected or even undesired results happened when testing ideas with people and how it helped shape his design practice.

Toon Welling & David Menting – Dato DUO social synthesizer
Dato DUO is a musical instrument for making electronic music together. Age and musical skill don’t matter: the DUO is designed to be played by everyone! The inventors David Menting and Toon Welling have a longstanding fascination with electronic music and a passion for the instruments that drive that music. The Dato DUO has two sides facing each other, one for tempo and melody and the other is in charge of the sound. The Dato DUO makes a fun, easy to understand instrument with which you can play at home with your kids, jam on the road with a friend or bring along on stage.


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