Category Archives: Student project

Reflections from human-centered design research in Uganda; by Lina Aspen


I asked Lina Aspen, industrial designer, to write some reflections following her trip to Uganda where she mapped end-user needs for Picterus. Here is what she wrote: Empathy for the end user and who is really the end user? To make … Continue reading

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International energy stakeholder workshop in Addis Abeba


A stakeholder workshop was held at the Jupiter Hotel in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia a few weeks back. Participants at the workshop included two researchers from the department of product design at NTNU (including myself), the three master students conducting the … Continue reading

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Kebribeyah refugee camp


Last week, we spoke to five families about their experiences with the Dometic CleanCook stove and ethanol as a fuel alternative. The women we spoke to arrived to Kebribeyah in Eastern Ethiopia 22 years ago, when they were little girls. … Continue reading

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Designing for energy access in Kebribeyah


The 9th of September a group of three master’s level students will travel with me to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.The students are Kathinka Hasselknippe, Gudrun Reikvam and Julie Grande. The Gaia Association will host us. The Gaia Association has for eight … Continue reading

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Clean drinking water for Northern-Uganda: Industrial design project


In villages surrounding Gulu in Northern-Uganda, it rains approximately 4 to 5 months of the year. Surprisingly, there is very little clean drinking water accessible for the population of Northern-Uganda the rest of the year.   The project group “Let it … Continue reading

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Socially responsible design (SRD) workshop in Guatemala


Together with Oscar Quan at INDIS, the industrial design research institute at Guatemala’s Universidad Rafael Landivar (URL), I conducted a short study trip to the highlands of Guatemala. For many of the third year design students from NTNU as well as the students from URL this … Continue reading

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