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 [2, 3, 4], tools [5, 6, 7] 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), NordiCHI 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), University of Liverpool (UK), Malmö University (SE), University of Gävle (SE). Imperial College London aims to implement the method in 2017. She personally teaches the method in ‘Materials For Design’ course 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.
- Barati., B., Karana, E. (in preparation, available upon request). Chroma Key for “Experience Prototyping” for Smart Material Composites: Towards a Real-time Hybrid Simulator
- Karana, E., Blauwhoff, D., Hultink, E. J., Camere, S. (in preparation, available upon request), When The Material Grows: A Case Of Material Driven Design
- Karana, E., Camere, S. (in preparation, available upon request). Experiential Characterisation of Materials.
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.
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)
Robbins, H., Giaccardi, E., Karana, E., (2016), Traces as an approach to Design for Focal Things and Practices, NordiCHI '16, October 23 – 27, Gothenburg, Sweden. ACM, 2016. DOI: 10.1145/2971485.2971538.
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. (S)
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.
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 Technology 1477153515602953.
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. (S)
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. (S)
Karana E., Pedgley O., Rognoli V., (2015). On Materials Experience. Design Issues. Volume 31, Number 3, Summer 2015. (S)
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.
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. (S)
Rognoli, V., Bianchini, M., Maffei, S., Karana, E. (2015). DIY Materials. The Journal of Materials and Design, 86: 692-702. (S)
De Pauw, I., Karana, E., Kandachar, P.V, (2014), Assessing Sustainability in Nature-Inspired Design, Journal of Sustainable Engineering, 8: 5-13.
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.
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. (S) (Honorable Mention)
Hekkert, P. and Karana, E., (2014). Designing Material Experience. Materials Experience: Fundamentals of Materials and Design, 1st Ed., Editors: E. Karana, O. Pedgley, V. Rognoli, Butterworth-Heinemann: Elsevier, UK: 3-11.
Karana, E., Nijkamp, N. (2014), Fiberness, reflectiveness and roughness in the characterization of natural and high quality materials, The Journal of Cleaner Production, 68: 252–260. (S)
Karana E., Pedgley O., Rognoli V., (2014). Materials Experience: Fundamentals of Materials and Design, 1st Ed., Butterworth-Heinemann: Elsevier, UK. (376 pages) (S)
Karana E., Pedgley O., Rognoli V., (2014). Introduction to Materials Experience, In Materials Experience: Fundamentals of Materials and Design, 1st Ed., Editors: E. Karana, O. Pedgley, V. Rognoli, Butterworth-Heinemann: Elsevier, UK: xxv-xxxiii. (S)
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 4th International Conference on Additive Technologies, Vienna.
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, 1st Ed., Editors: E. Karana, O. Pedgley, V. Rognoli, Butterworth-Heinemann: Elsevier, UK: 145-153. (S)
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 20th CIRP International Conference on Life Cycle Engineering; pg. 37-52.
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.
Karana, E., (2012), Characterization of ‘natural’ and ‘high-quality’ materials to improve perception of bio-plastics, The Journal of Cleaner Production, 37: 316-325. (S)
Mink S., Karana E., (2012), Ape & Banana: A new user experience for collecting bio-based disposables at festivals, In the Proceedings of 8th International Conference on Design & Emotion, London, UK
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.
Taekema J., Karana E., (2012), Creating awareness on natural fibre composites in design, In the Proceedings of Design 2012, International Conference, Cavtat, Croatia. (S)
Karana, E. (2011). Materials Selection in Design: From Research to Education, The 1st International Symposium of CUMULUS Association and DRS for Design Education Researchers, Paris, France.
Rognoli V., Karana E. & Pedgley O. (2011), Natural fibre composites in product design: an investigation into material perception and acceptance, In the proceedings of International Conference on Designing Pleasurable Products and Interfaces (DPPI), 22-25 June, Milan.