Hi there!
My name is Değer.

I am an assistant professor in human-centered design at the University of Twente. My research focuses on unlocking the potential of dilemmas to inspire human-centered design.

I studied Design for Interaction at Delft University of Technology and received my MSc. degree with a thesis focusing on designing for sustainable eating habits using emotional dilemmas as a starting point. My master thesis was a dream project in which I could combine my passion for food, emotion, and design. I continued to investigate the design-relevance of emotional dilemmas in my PhD project. In this project, I developed tools and methods that can support better understanding people through discovering their dilemmas and integrating this understanding in human-centered design activities.

Since september 2018, I continue my research and teaching at the University of Twente in Enschede, Netherlands. Currently, I am interested in the moral dimensions of designing with dilemmas. Using moral dilemmas as a starting point, I develop tools and methods that can support integrating ethical reasoning in design processes.

(And in case you are wondering how to pronounce my name – it is pronounced as “de’er” as if there is no “g”.)

Foto credit: Unisinos University.

Open to collaborate?

Email me to plan a dilemma-driven design workshop, which I can facilitate either at the University of Twente or on-site at your organisation.

Another way to collaborate is to become a 'case owner' in one of the design courses I teach. This way, you can gain new knowledge and input from talented design students on a challenge your oragnisation is facing. Thinking startegic and long-term? We can form a consortium and formulate a research+design project together. 

The best way to reach me is via LinkedIn or email at d.ozkaramanli[a] 




Design with Dilemmas
Değer Özkaramanlı
University of Twente
Dept. of Design Production 

& Management, Enschede


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