David Verweij


I am a creative technologist building digital and physical products, and always busy with user experience design, software and hardware. In my current academic position I specialise in a Research Through Design methodology. Using novel technologies and bespoke designs, I develop interactive research products and deploy them in-the-wild. Learning from these experienceable products allows the exploration of alternative futures. In particular, my interests lay in interaction with distributed data in everyday environments that support or relieve human cognition, in enjoyable, playful and less-utilitarian ways. In my current research, as a Doctoral Trainee, I deploy alternative approaches to explore data as a resource for family life. This contributes to the search to find family-inclusive ways to use, manage and enjoy data amongst the family at home, including children and elderly of all ages.

Parallel to this work, I experiment with designing software, hardware and product design, and enjoy woodworking, being outdoors and boardgames.


now 10/17 Open Lab Profile PhD Candidate on Human-Computer Interaction - Open Lab, Newcastle University, Newcastle, United Kingdom

Exploring human-centred design, research and evaluation approaches for future smart homes and connected technologies. Initially started at Northumbria University, and transferred with my supervisor to Newcastle University in 08/19

07/17 09/15 Master of Science in Human Computer Interaction - Industrial Design, Eindhoven University, the Netherlands

Graduated with a 9 (out of 10). Specialisation in Constructive Design Research. Projects include, but are not limited to, a gestural interaction technique and distributed cognition in classrooms

07/15 09/10 Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design - Industrial Design, Eindhoven University, the Netherlands

Specialised in supportive technologies for education. Projects include, but are not limited to, a crowd-sourced planning tool for teachers, and a rehabilitation platform to motivate arm-hand use with games

02/15 02/14 Minor Science Education and Communication - Eindhoven School of Education, Eindhoven University, the Netherlands

A one-year education rewarded with a formal teaching qualification to teach physics in the first three grades of secondary education in the Netherlands

08/09 09/03 Pre-University Education - Atheneum - Oosterlicht College Nieuwegein, the Netherlands

now 09/19 Teaching Assistant MSc Computer Science - School of Computing, Newcastle University, United Kingdom

Practical sessions for MSc courses 'Advanced Programming', 'Information Systems (Interaction Design and Databases)', 'Programming and Data Structures', and 'MSc Project and Dissertation'

07/19 02/18 Teaching Assistant BSc Computer Science - Computer and Information Sciences, Northumbria University Newcastle, United Kingdom

Practical sessions of the BSc courses 'Object-Oriented Programming', (family-focused) university events, and exam marking

02/18 03/15 Company Website Founder and Motion Graphics Designer - Studio David Verweij, Eindhoven, the Netherlands

Development of (primarily motion) graphics. Clients include, but are not limited to, Eindhoven University, DoChange and SmartHomes

09/16 10/15 Student Advisor Department Board - Department of Industrial Design, Eindhoven University, the Netherlands

Advising role within the Department Board as a student representative

08/16 05/14 Company LinkedIn Page Co-owner and STEM Course developer - BétaBoomen, Eindhoven, the Netherlands

BétaBoomen offered pre-university schools courses and lectures in STEM related subjects by university students. I developed additional courses to offer

12/13 08/12 Company Page Taxi driver for people with disabilities and the elderly - Taxbus (Personenvervoer Waterberg BV), Eindhoven, the Netherlands

Regional and national driver for subsidised trips for elderly (65+) and those with disabilities

Management Positions
07/20 10/18 CHI 2020 Webpage Assistant to the General Conference Chairs & Design Chair - ACM SIGCHI CHI Conference 2020, Hawaii, USA

Assisting the General Chairs in organising the 2020 edition of the annual premier ACM CHI conference

12/15 09/12 Student Representative for the Department Council - Industrial Design, Eindhoven University, the Netherlands

Representing students of the Department regarding education, research, finance, policy and communications

11/13 09/12 Lucid Webpage Vice-Chairman & Commissioner of Education - Study Association Industrial Design, Eindhoven, the Netherlands

Full-time representation of Industrial Design students in multiple bodies throughout the university. The study association further offers study material, workshops, leisure events and more

Software Development - Full stack, including HTML, (S)CSS, JavaScript, Python, C++, Node.js, REST, SQL, Google Cloud (inc. Firebase and database security), Java (inc. Android)

Hardware/Product Development - Paper prototyping, cardboard modelling, woodworking, circuit design, 3D printing, interactive electronics (based on Arduino or Raspberry PI architectures)

Design - Generalist, from paper to prototype. Including Adobe Suite (XD, Illustrator, Photoshop, Indesign, Premiere Pro, After Effects)

Research and Analysis - Literature and user research for qualitative, quantitative and data analysis. Experienced in tools such as SPSS, NVivo, and Python scripts

Languages - Dutch (native), English (C2: mastery)

Invited Workshops and Talks
07/20 Workshop on Designing for the End of Life of IoT Objects - Virtual, during the 2020 DIS Conference

An academic workshop on the sustainable and life 'after death' for the increasing number of IoT devices

05/20 Workshop om Self Sustainability in Human Computer Interaction - Virtual, during the 2020 CHI Conference

An academic workshop on self-powered sustainable interfaces and interactions

2019 2018 Presentation on Interaction Design - Edinburgh Napier University, United Kingdom

Presented my research on Domestic Widgets (in 2019) and on WaveTrace (in 2018) as closing plenary for the BSc Interaction Design

05/18 Workshop on Designing Smart Objects as Embodied Agents in Everyday Life - Lorentz Center, Leiden, the Netherlands

5-day academic workshop on the future of smart domestic objects to help frame future work in interaction design

06/15 Workshop at BENQ International - Taiwan TECH University Taipei, Taiwan

9-day product design workshop on future BENQ products

now 2018 CHI SC Webpage Web Co-chair - ACM SIGCHI CHI Steering Committee

Co-responsible for the initial design and setup of the website

2019 2018 CHI PLAY 2019 Webpage Design Chair - ACM SIGCHI CHIPLAY Conference, Spain

Responsible for the design of the website and all posters, flyers and banners

now 2018 Academic Reviewer - ACM, IEEE, other journals

IEEE CGA, CHI '20, DIS '20, DIS '20 pictorials, Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, CHI LBW '19, alt.CHI '19, CHI '19, TEI '19, IMWUT '18, DIS WIP '18, DIS '18

Awards and Grants
03/19 Doctoral Consortium Honorarium - Main applicant | $ 300

Received as part of my acceptance to CHI 2019 Doctoral Consortium

04/18 PGR Research Impact Scheme - Main applicant | £ 300

Used to host my research at the UK Maker Faire 2018 in Newcastle

09/18 Design United Demonstrator Grant - Co-applicant | € 5.000 | Ref. C2E1707

Used to translate the WaveTrace research project into a consumer product prototype

09/17 ACM Student Travel Grant - Main applicant | $ 1.370 | SSTG-May_2017 #130

Used for travel and accommodation for ISS 2017

Visiting Positions
12/16 9/16 Visiting Researcher - Edinburgh Napier University, United Kingdom