At the request of the Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science (OCW) and Municipality of Eindhoven, What if Lab started its research on how we can involve students more in the task of reducing the number of COVID-19 infections in early January, together with design innovation agency Six Fingers.
With the insights and results gained from the masterclass, the desk research, the ethnographic research amongst the target group, and various student house sessions, the design questions has meanwhile been refined further:
How can we offer students sufficient guidance, perspective, and alternatives during corona, so that they stay motivated to continue to comply with the measures?
Given the urgency of the process, the participating design studios were approached directly. Each design studio has been selected based on specific qualities with which they can contribute to different phases of the design process:
There has been and will be close collaboration with students during the entire process. In addition to connecting with the target group directly, several local educational institutions are connected as (cooperation)partners: TU/e, Summa College, Fontys Hogescholen, Sint Lucas, and Design Academy Eindhoven (DAE).
In the coming weeks, the three design studios will convert their insights from the research and exploration phase to concrete concepts to test among the target group.