Henri Christiaans


Personal Homepage
Delft University of Technology (http://www.io.tudelft.nl/en/)

Associate professor at the Dept. of Industrial Design.Graduated at the Faculty of Psychology, University of Amsterdam. His MSc. was in the area of research methodology.PhD at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, Delft University, on the topic ‘Creativity in Design: the role of domain knowledge in designing'.Teaching activities in several areas. Responsible for the courses:Research Methodology (BSc),Applied Research Methods and Techniques in Design (MSc),Design Didactics (MSc, optional course).Involved in BSc & MSc courses regarding product ergonomics.Visiting professor at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, the Korean University of Technology, South Korea, the Faculty of Architecture from the Technical University of Lisbon and the Fachhochschule Voralberg, Austria. His areas of research are Design Methodology and Cognitive Ergonomics: Creativity in design,Information processing in conceptual design,user cognition in product operation.
special assignments: Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Design Research; Member of PATON-Board (Post-academic Education in Technology); chairman of PATON-committee ‘Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Design Engineering (1996).

Publication Statistics

Publication period start
Publication period end
Number of co-authors

Number of publications with favourite co-authors

Productive Colleagues
Most productive colleagues in number of publications


Rodriguez, Jon, Diehl, JanCarel, Christiaans, Henri (2006): Gaining insight into unfamiliar contexts: A design toolbox as input for using role-play te. In Interacting with Computers, 18 (5) pp. 956-976. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.intcom.2006.05.007

Restrepo, John, Christiaans, Henri (2005): From function to context to form: precedents and focus shifts in the form creation process. In: Proceedings of the 2005 Conference on Creativity and Cognition , 2005, . pp. 195-204. http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1056224.1056252

Leur, Kamiel de, Diehl, Jan Carel, Christiaans, Henri (2005): Cross-Cultural Product Design: Understanding People From Different Cultural Backgrounds. In: Day, Donald L., Evers, Vanessa, Galdo, Elisa del (eds.) Designing for Global Markets 7 - IWIPS 2005 - Proceedings of the Seventh International Workshop on Internationalisation of Products and Systems 7-9 July, 2005, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. pp. 129-140.

Christiaans, Henri (1992): Creativity in Design, the role of domain knowledge in designing, Lemma,

(1997): Analysing Design Activity, Cross, Nigel, Christiaans, Henri, Dorst, Kees (eds.), Wiley,

(2002): Designing in Context, Lloyd, Peter, Christiaans, Henri (eds.), I O S Press, Incorporated,

(1996): Analysing Design Activity, Cross, Nigel, Christiaans, Henri, Dorst, Kees (eds.), Wiley,