Two-day Masterclass. Involving people in design processes as experts of their experience.

Contextmapping is just what it says it is: making a map of the context (of use). Introduced in 2003, the term refers to an approach to exploratory and participatory design research which makes use of the expertise of the user and the skills of the designer.

Contextmapping offers a procedure for conducting contextual research with users, where tacit knowledge is gained about the context of product use. It was developed specifically to inform and inspire design teams, so that users and other stakeholders can actively participate in the design process to ensure a good fit between the design and the use of a product or service, and the core competences of the producer/company. Participants learn the theory of contextmapping in a series of lectures and practical exercises.

What are IDE Master Classes?
IDE Master Classes are a series of intensive two-day, state-of-the-art Master Classes developed specifically for design professionals. They are embedded within one of the world’s most forward-thinking design education programmes at TU Delft’s faculty of Industrial Design Engineering. The Master Classes are given by leaders in the design field, all of them top lecturers or alumni from the faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, working in a range of disciplines of the continuously developing design field.

Why participate in IDE Master Classes?
The IDE Master Classes programme was developed to support the professional development of design practitioners. In groups of 10 to 16 participants, you gain insights into recent developments in the discipline, learning about the latest methods and tools currently being taught to new generations of designers. For many of you working in the field of design, this has proved an extremely effective way to refine your skills, focus your ambition, and/or simply broaden your mind and be inspired!

Each Master Class combines theory with interactive assignments and group cases: you directly apply what you learn. This is a great way of meeting the experts and working with other experienced designers, expanding your network, and creating new opportunities.

Learn from the experts as well as from each other!


Pieter Jan Stappers (1959) is full Professor of Design Techniques at IDE, TU Delft. He is one of the driving forces behind the concept of Contextmapping, with 25 years’ experience of developing tools and techniques for the early design phase.


Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering in Delft


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