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 conceptual activities at the early stages of the design process.

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 moral engagement in design processes.

I consider the opportunity to meet new people through delivering lectures and workshops to be the best perks of my job. So feel free to get in touch with me if you want to share ideas and collaborate!

(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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