Design for  the Circular Economy

Understanding the complexities of designing for a circular economy

Circular product design helps design professionals to improve the long-term sustainability performance of products. The key principle of the approach is 'designing out waste', fitting your product in a circular economy where the value of the product, its components, and its materials are maintained and not wasted.

This Masterclass helps you to understand the circular mindset and the role you can play as a design professional in the transition towards a circular economy. We will address implications for product design engineering using examples from practice, and provide research-based, practical design approaches and tools. You will explore the circularity of your own product and come up with circular-ready redesigns.

The sessions in this Masterclass offer a mixture of interactive lectures, tutorials and workshops with the aim to immerse you into the theory and practice of designing for a circular economy. You will work on your own case study to learn how to use the tools and methods taught. 


During this Masterclass, you will:

  • understand the different end-of-life value-capture strategies involved in the circular economy;
  • understand how design can contribute to a circular economy;
  • apply tools and techniques to assess the ease-of-disassembly, product circularity and potential value capture;
  • apply different principles and strategies for circular product design;
  • reflect on ways to overcome the barriers for going circular.


  • Theory and practice of designing for a circular economy;
  • Circular product design tools and methods.


Ingrid de Pauw is senior lecturer of Industrial Design Engineering, TU Delft, and partner in IDEAL & Co. She coordinates and teaches several courses in sustainable and circular product design and supports companies in developing their circular disgn skills and identitying improvement opportunites.

Bas Flipsen is senior lecturer of Industrial Design Engineering, TU Delft. His research focuses on sustainability from a pragmatic point of view. He analyses product-service systems with quantative in-house developed tools and teaches several courses in repair and sustainability.