Currently I'm in my third year of my PhD at the Eindhoven University of Technology, department of Industrial Design, within the Nano4Sports project. In my PhD I investigate how design can support and engage women to be or maintain being active.
Despite the increasing popularity of recreative sports due to ever lower barriers, for many people the challenge remains to become and maintain being physically active. One of the reasons is that exercise is simply not intrinsically enjoyable for the majority of people but is known for its short-term costs (e.g. sweating, physical pain, effort, time constraints). Through designing wearable technology, I have explored ways to support and engage people in being active, by also exploring ways to improve self-worth. This way I aim to encourage being physically active with a more personal and distinctive approach.