“There is no such thing as social design!” As a designer you are obliged working with the social aspect. You ask yourself continuously: why do I design, what impact will my design have, whom will it affect and what do I achieve with my body of work. This critical attitude is what defines our department as Social Design.

The research programme of Social Design develops new models, strategies and products that can play a decisive role in the development and transformation of society. The economical, governmental and democratic systems are in crisis. Powers are shifting and we have to develop new relations and values between people, people as consumers, producers and distributors. We will respond to these changes and formulate scenarios, models and products that will be embedded and tested within the context for which they are intended. 

Through the act of creating, making and testing we will reflect upon your interests and fascinations, and these will direct your design. We expect a self-critical, reflective and constructive attitude of our designers towards the world in flux. You will develop a personal methodology and definition of social design, which you need in order to perform as a designer in our fast-changing society.

Head of department: Jan Boelen
Coordinator: Celeste Goncalves

Team of Tutors, Guest Tutors and Guest Lecturers

Tutors 2017-2018
Jan Boelen (artistic director of Z33, designer and head of department), Dick van Hoff (designer) , Eric Klarenbeek (designer), Michael Kaethler (sociologist/design researcher), Tamar Shafrir (design writer & editor), Fabrizia Vecchione (communication strategist), Geoffrey Brussato (graphic designer), Henriette Waal (artist/designer), Jesse Howard (designer & researcher), Jon Stam (designer), Angela Rui (curator and editor), Brecht Duijf/Buro Belén (designer), Tine Holvoet (senior researcher), Judith Seng (performance designer)
Guest Tutors 2017-2018
Guus Kusters (designer), Simon de Bakker (software & hardware engineer), Tim Geurtjens (designer), Roel Roskam Abbing  (artist & researcher), Victor Diaz (interaction designer), Lucas Maassen (designer), Stéphane Barbier-Bouvet (designer), Martin Hertig (experience designer & developer), Gali Blay (designer & animator), Giuditta Vendrame (designer), Sarah Reijnders (jewelry designer)
Guest Lecturers 2017-2018
Lee Gillette, Laurens van der Cruyssen, Blanca Pujals, Didier Faustino,  Dominic Wilcox, Simone Niquille, Nacho Carbonell