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Dr. Elvin Karana

Associate Professor - Delft University of Technology

Head of Materials Experience Lab - The Netherlands

E.Karana@tudelft.nl

io.tudelft.nl

 

Elvin Karana is Associate Professor of Design Engineering at the Delft University of Technology, where she founded and directs the Materials Experience Lab. Her research aims to understand and enhance the relationships people have with the materials of products. She has undertaken this topic with a holistic approach, capitalizing on not only the technical properties of materials, but also meanings, emotions and actions materials in products elicit. She coined the term “materials experience” to describe this holistic view. Over the last years she developed theories, tools and a method to make designing for materials experience actionable in practice. She is published in Design Issues, The Journal of Cleaner Production, Materials and Design Journal, International Journal of Design. More recently, she has published her work within the Human Computer Interaction field, in the ACM conferences Computer Human Interaction (CHI) and Design Interactive Systems (DIS). She is the main editor of “Materials Experience: Fundamentals of Materials and Design”.

The Material Driven Design method she developed is applied in design courses in major European universities, e.g. Politecnico di Milano (IT), Malmö University (SE), University of Gävle (SE), and Imperial College London. She personally teaches the method at TU Delft, since 2010.

Elvin developed and coordinated the Materials Library: Made Of.. at the faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, TU Delft, between 2011-2015. She has organized above 20 public material design exhibitions; exhibited her work at the Dutch Design Week since 2013.


Publications

Refereed Journal Articles

1. Karana, E., Blauwhoff, D., Hultink, H.J., Camere, S. (in press). When the material grows: A Case study on designing (with) mycelium-based materials. To appear in Int. J. Design.

2. Camere, S., & Karana, E. (2018). Fabricating materials from living organisms: An emerging design practice. Journal of Cleaner Production186(2018), 570-584. 

3. Sauerwein M., Karana E., Rognoli, V. (2017), Revived Beauty: Research into Aesthetic Appreciation of Materials to Valorise Materials from Waste, Sustainability9(4), 529; doi:10.3390/su9040529

4. Karana E., Pedgley O., Rognoli V., Korsunsky, A. (2016). Emerging Material Experiences, The Journal of Materials and Design, 90: 1248–1250. 

5. Krista, O., Karana, E., Soto-Faraco, S. (2016). Perception of Naturalness in Textiles, The Journal of Materials and Design, 90: 1192–1199. 

6. Karana E., Barati, B., Rognoli V., Zeeuw Van Der Laan, A., (2015). Material Driven Design (MDD): A Method To Design For Material Experiences. International Journal of Design,9(2), 35-54. 

7. Rognoli, V., Bianchini, M., Maffei, S., Karana, E. (2015). DIY Materials. The Journal of Materials and Design, 86: 692-702.

8. Pedgley, O., Rognoli, V., Karana, E., (2015)Materials Experience as a Foundation for Materials and Design Education. International Journal of Technology and Design Education, August 2015: 1-18.

9. Barati, B., Karana, E., Sekulovski, D., Pont, S. (2015). “Retail Lighting and Textiles: A Trans-disciplinary Approach in Designing a Lighting Probe Set to Visualize Material-expressing Effects of Illumination”. Lighting Research and Technology1477153515602953.

10. Robbins, H., Giaccardi, E., Karana, E., D’Olivio. (2015). Understanding and Designing with (and for) Material Traces. Journal of Studies in Material Thinking. Volume 13, Paper 3. 

11. Karana E., Pedgley O., Rognoli V., (2015)On Materials Experience. Design Issues. Volume 31, Number 3, Summer 2015.

12. De Pauw, I., Karana, E., Kandachar, P.V., Poppelaars, F. (2014),Comparing Biomimicry and Cradle to Cradle with Ecodesign: a Case Study of Student Design Projects, The Journal of Cleaner Production, 78: 174–183.

13. De Pauw, I., Karana, E., Kandachar, P.V, (2014), Assessing Sustainability in Nature-Inspired Design, Journal of Sustainable Engineering, 8: 5-13.

14. Karana, E., Nijkamp, N. (2014), Fiberness, reflectiveness and roughness in the characterization of natural and high quality materials, TheJournal of Cleaner Production, 68: 252–260.

15. Karana, E., (2012), Characterization of ‘natural’ and ‘high-quality’ materials to improve perception of bio-plastics, The Journal of Cleaner Production, 37: 316-325. 

16. Karana, E., Hekkert, P., & Kandachar, P. (2010). A Tool for Meaning Driven Materials Selection. The Journal ofMaterials and Design, 31: 2932–2941. 

17. Karana, E., Hekkert, P., (2010). User- Material- Product Interrelationships in Attributing Meanings. International Journal of Design, 4(3): 43-52. 

18. Karana, E., (2010). How Do Materials Obtain Their Meanings?. METU Journal of the Faculty of Architecture, 27(2): 271-285. 

19. Karana, E., Hekkert, P. & Kandachar, P., (2009). Meanings of Materials through Sensorial Properties and Manufacturing Processes.The Journal ofMaterials and Design, 30: p. 2778–2784. 

20. Karana, E., Hekkert, P. & Kandachar, P., (2008). Material considerations in product design: A survey on crucial material aspects used by product designers. The Journal ofMaterials and Design, 29: p. 1081-1089. 

Conference Presentations (Archived Proceedings)

21.  Barati B., Giaccardi, E., Karana E., (2018). The Making of Performativity in Designing (with) Smart Materials, In the Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, ISBN: 978-1-4503-5620-6

22.  Camere, S., Karana, E. (2018). Experiential characterization of materials: Toward a toolkit, In the Proceedings of the International Conference on Design Research Society (DRS), Limmerick.

23.Barati B., Karana E., Foole M., (2017) ‘Experience Prototyping’ Smart Material Composites, In the Proceedings of International Conference of the Design Research Society Special Interest Group on Experiential Knowledge (EKSIG), Pages 50-65, Rotterdam. 

24.Camere S., Karana E., (2017) Growing materials for product design,In the Proceedings of International Conference of the Design Research Society Special Interest Group on Experiential Knowledge (EKSIG), Pages 101-115. 

25.Majumdar P., Karana E., Ghazal S., Sonneveld M., The Plastic Bakery: A Case of Material Driven Design,In the Proceedings of International Conference of the Design Research Society Special Interest Group on Experiential Knowledge (EKSIG), Pages 116-128, Rotterdam.

26.Ayala-Garcia C., Rognoli V., Karana E., Five Kingdoms of DIY Materials, ,In the Proceedings of International Conference of the Design Research Society Special Interest Group on Experiential Knowledge (EKSIG), Pages 222-234, Rotterdam. 

27.Robbins, H., Giaccardi, E., Karana, E., (2016), Traces as an approach to Design for Focal Things and Practices,Proceedings ofNordiCHI '16, Article No. 19, October 23 – 27, Gothenburg, Sweden. 

28.Karana, E., Giaccardi, E., Stamhuis, N., Goossensen, J., (2016), The Tuning Of Materials: A Designer’s Journey. In the Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems(DIS), Pages 619-631, Brisbane, Australia. (Best Paper Award)

29.Barati, B., Karana, E., Jansen, K., Hekkert, P., (2016) Functional Demonstrators to Support Understanding of Smart Materials. In the Proceedings of the TEI’16: Tenth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction, Pages 386-391, NL. 

30.Giaccardi, E., Karana, E. (2015). Foundations of Materials Experience: An Approach for HCI. In Proceedings of CHI 2015. Seoul, South Korea. ACM Press: 2447-2456. 

31.Barati, B., Karana, E., Hekkert, P. (2015). A Case of Designing with an Underdeveloped Computational Composite for Materials Experience. In the Proceedings of the International Conference on DRS Special Interest Group on Experiential Knowledge (EKSIG),118-132.

32.Barati, B., Karana, E., Hekkert, P. (2015). From Way Finding in the Dark to Interactive CPR Trainer: Designing with Computational Composites. 9th International Conference on Design and Semantics of Form and Movement (DesForM), 129-137.

33.Giaccardi, E., Karana, E., Robbins, H., D’Olivio. (2014). Growing Traces on Objects of Daily Use: A Product Design Perspective for HCI. The ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS): 473-482. (Honorable Mention)

34.Lussenburg, K., Van Der Velden, N., Doubrovski, Z., Geraedts, J., Karana, E. (2014). Designing with 3D Printed Textiles: A case study of Material Driven Design. In the Proceedings of 4thInternational Conference on Additive Technologies, Vienna. 

35.De Pauw I., Karana E, Kandachar, P.V. (2013), Cradle to Cradle in Product Development: A Case Study of Closed-Loop Design. In the Proceedings of the 20thCIRP International Conference on Life Cycle Engineering; pg. 37-52.

36.De Pauw I., Kandachar P., Karana E., (2012), Nature-inspired design strategies in sustainable product development: a case-study of student projects, In the Proceedings of Design 2012, International Conference, Cavtat, Croatia.

37.Taekema J., Karana E., (2012), Creating awareness on natural fibre composites in design,In the Proceedings of Design 2012, International Conference, Cavtat, Croatia

38.Spitas C., Badke-Schaub P., Spitas V., Rajabalinejad M., Karana E. (2012), Creating a research environment for the evaluation of design education in embodiment design, In the Proceedings of Design 2012, International Conference, Cavtat, Croatia.

39.Mink S., Karana E., (2012), Ape & Banana: A new user experience for collecting bio-based disposables at festivals, In the Proceedings of 8thInternational Conference on Design & Emotion, London, UK.

40.Karana, E. (2011). Materials Selection in Design: From Research to Education,The 1st International Symposium of CUMULUS Association and DRSfor Design Education Researchers, Paris, France.

41.Rognoli V., Karana E. & Pedgley O. (2011), Natural fibre composites in product design: an investigation into material perception and acceptance, In the proceedings ofInternational Conference on Designing Pleasurable Products and Interfaces (DPPI), 22-25 June, Milan. 

42.Karana, E., (2010). Meanings of Materials: Findings and Implications. The International Conference on Tools and Methods in Competitive Engineering (TMCE), Ancona, Italy. 

43.De Pauw I., Kandachar P., Karana E., Peck D. & Wever R. (2010) Nature inspired design: Strategies towards sustainability. ERSCP-EMSU, Delft, the Netherlands.

44.Karana, E., (2009). Meaning Driven Materials Selection in Design Education. The 17th International Conference on Engineering Design(ICED2009), Stanford, California. 

45.Karana, E., Hekkert, P & Kandachar, P., (2009). Assessing Material Properties on Sensorial Scales. International Design Engineering Technical Conferences (ASME/IDETC/CIE), San Diego, California.

46.Karana, E. & Hekkert, P., (2008). Attributing Meanings to Materials. The 6th International Conference on Design and Emotion, Hong Kong. 

47.Karana, E., Hekkert, P. & Kandachar, P., (2008). Materials experience: descriptive categories in material appraisals. The International Conference on Tools and Methods in Competitive Engineering (TMCE), Izmir, Turkey. 

48.Karana, E., Van Weelderen, W., & Van Woerden, E., (2007). The Effect of Form on Attributing Meanings to Materials. ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference(ASME/IDETC/CIE), Las Vegas, USA. 

49.Karana, E., Hekkert, P. & Kandachar, P., (2007). Sensorial Properties of Materials for Creating Expressive Meanings. The Kansei Engineering and Emotion Research Conference, Sapporo, Japan. (Best Paper Award)

50.Karana, E., (2006). Intangible Characteristics of Materials in Industrial Design. The 5th International Conference on Design and Emotion. Goteborg, Sweden: Chalmers University of Technology. 

51.Karana, E. & Kandachar, P., (2006). Effects of New Materials on Industrial Design and Societies: From Industrial Revolution to Concept of Smartness. Future Design Conference, Seoul, Korea.

52.Karana, E. & Kandachar, P., (2006). Smart Surroundings: A New Era for Communication and Information Technologies. The 1st International CIB Endorsed METU Postgraduate Conference, Ankara, Turkey.

53.Karana, E. & Van Kesteren, I., (2006). Material Effects: The role of materials in people’s product evaluations. The 5th International Conference on Design and Emotion, Goteborg, Sweden. 

54.Karana, E., (2004). Meaning of the Material: A Survey on the Role of Materials in User’s Evaluation of a Design Object. The4th International Conference on Design and Emotion, Ankara, Turkey.

Conference Presentation (Un-Archived)

55. Zeeuw van der Laan, A., Lindberg, S., Karana, E., & Lindström, M. (2014). Designing [With] PULP-PLA. In the Proceedings of the 4th Avancell Conference. 

Books

56. Karana E., Giaccardi E., Nimkulrat N., Niedderer K., Camere S., (2017). Alive.Active.Adaptive: International Conference on Experiential Knowledge and Emerging Materials. Conference Proceedings, Publisher: TU Delft Open, ISBN: 978-87-90775-90-2 (377 pages) 

57.  Karana E., Pedgley O., Rognoli V., (2014). Materials Experience: Fundamentals of Materials and Design, 1stEd., Butterworth-Heinemann: Elsevier, UK. (376 pages) 

58. Karana, E. (2009). Meanings of Materials, Lambert Academic Publishing, NL. (263 pages) 

Book chapters 

59. Karana E., Giaccardi, E., Rognoli V., (2017). Materially Yours: Design for Material Experiences For Products That Last, In The Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Product Design, 1stEd., Editor: Jonathan Chapman, Butterworth-Heinemann: Elsevier, UK. 

60. Karana E., Pedgley O., Rognoli V., (2014). Introduction to Materials Experience, In Materials Experience: Fundamentals of Materials and Design, 1stEd., Editors: E. Karana, O. Pedgley, V. Rognoli, Butterworth-Heinemann: Elsevier, UK: xxv-xxxiii. 

61. Rognoli V., and Karana, E., (2014). Towards a New Materials Aesthetic Based on Imperfection and Graceful Ageing, In Materials Experience: Fundamentals of Materials and Design, 1stEd., Editors: E. Karana, O. Pedgley, V. Rognoli, Butterworth-Heinemann: Elsevier, UK: 145-153.

62. Hekkert, P. and Karana, E., (2014). Designing Material Experience. Materials Experience: Fundamentals of Materials and Design, 1stEd., Editors: E. Karana, O. Pedgley, V. Rognoli, Butterworth-Heinemann: Elsevier, UK: 3-11. 

63. Karana, E. & Van Kesteren, I., (2008). Materials affect: The role of materials in product experience. Design and Emotion Moves, P. Desmet, J. Van Erp, and M.A. Karlsson, Editors. Cambridge Scholars Publishing: UK: 221-245.