Mendel Broekhuijsen


The Hague, Netherlands

Work Experience

Politie Brabant Zuid-Oost

Design Consultant

Together with a colleague I support a workgroup of the Politie Brabant Zuid-Oost/Noord to find a solution to stop the illegal trade of goods (heling). My task is to guide part of the group through the design process, stimulate design thinking and identifying & discussing design opportunities. After every session we create a detailed report of the session, including proposals for future research.
February 2012 - Eindhoven, Netherlands



Design studio Mendeldesign is involved in shaping the future. Mendeldesign helps you to solve design problems, making use of scientific methods, extensive user research, context analysis and explorative prototyping. With a background in both Psychology and Industrial Design, Mendeldesign looks at design problems from a human perspective. All design is focused on making our lives a little better.

Mendeldesign has worked on projects with several clients, including Bekaert (BE), LEGO (DK), Public Library of Amsterdam, and Politie Brabant Z-O. Mendeldesign dives into the needs of your organization, the user and all other stakeholders. By communicating with specialists, and managing the design and research processes, the studio will make sure that the solution adds value for everyone who is involved.
February 2012 - The Hague, Netherlands

Muziek Centrum Nederland

Internship / Graduation project

Design and development of my TU/e graduation project “Future Nostalgia”, which had started in February 2011. During the internship I have analyzed qualitative data from interviews and social media, analysis of statistics from one of the websites of Muziek Centrum Nederland. The project evolved into an iPhone Application that enables users to share memory-inducing music with close friends. I have implemented the interaction and functionality, and developed a working beta prototype of the application for the iPhone.
September 2011 - January 2012 Amsterdam, Netherlands

Eindhoven University Of Technology

Student assistant Hand Drawing

Together with another student I assisted the teacher for the drawing education of Architecture and Industrial Design to shape the course material, and during the classes to help the students with the exercises. After every course I was involved in the grading of the deliverables.

During the first 1,5 years I assisted the teacher of Industrial Design in groups of 25 students (Bachelor and Master), 8 hours a week. After my internship in Denmark I rejoined the drawing education, but now at the department of Architecture, for 4 hours a week, assisting groups of 30 first-year-students.
September 2007 - June 2011 Eindhoven, Netherlands


Intern concept development and design

During my 3rd bachelor year I spend 4,5 months on an internship at the Education department of LEGO in Billund, Denmark. I have worked in the area of Research & Design in LEGO Education, here being part of early processes, bringing forward and maturing concepts and opportunities towards potential launches. I assisted the innovation team with ongoing projects, by visualizing, concept mapping, early conceptualizing, preparing presentations, communicate concepts, ideation, analyzing, design research, and idea selection.
February 2009 - June 2009 Billund, Denmark

Eindhoven University Of Technology

Drawing Teacher

Together with a student assistant from Architecture I was the teacher for a course in basic geometrical drawing skills. The group consisted of 25 1st-year and 2nd-year students from Industrial Design, and the course was taught in 7 three-hour meetings. I got the freedom to shape the materials and the exercises, in collaboration with the responsible teacher. Halfway the course I had individual feedback meetings with the students, and at the end of the course we graded the work.
October 2008 - January 2009 Netherlands


Eindhoven University Of Technology

Master of Industrial Design

Grade: Excellence

Personal focus on the combination of technology, psychology and design.
February 2010 - January 2012 Eindhoven, Netherlands

Eindhoven University Of Technology

Bachelor of Industrial Design

September 2006 - January 2010 Eindhoven, Netherlands

Maastricht University

Bachelor Psychology and Neuroscience (no degree)

My personal focus was on human processes and human behavior, as relevant for designing (interactive) systems, and more specific as preparation for the MSc. course “Cognitive Ergonomics”.
September 2004 - July 2006 Maastricht, Netherlands

Vrije School De IJssel

High school degree, VWO Natuur & Gezondheid + Geschiedenis

Subjects: Biology, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, History, Languages
September 1998 - July 2004 Zutphen, Netherlands


Dutch (Native),
English (Fluent),
German (Beginner),


User-experience Design, Complex Analysis, Concept Communication, Concept Design, Contextual Research, Creative Problem Solving, Design Consultant, Design For Media, Design For Music, Design Management, Design Research, Design Thinking, Drawing & Sketching, Educational Design, Programming, Prototyping, Qualitative User Research, Software , Teaching,


Exhibition Tekenen op Reis: TU/e, Eindhoven | 17 - 28 Oktober 2011

Home Automation & Smart Living Event: Evoluon, Eindhoven | 18 & 19 November 2010

ID'10, Dutch Design Week: TU/e, Eindhoven | 23 - 31 October 2010

You Are Your Music: Public Library of Amsterdam (Oba), Amsterdam | 10 - 14 May 2010

Lectures & presentations

The use of LEGO to understand mechanical principles @ Desire2011 : TU/e, Eindhoven | 21/10/2011

Future of Music Libraries @ IAML 60th anniversary conference: Trinity College, Dublin | 28/7/2011

Opus 4 @ Oba Bijlmer: Oba Bijlmer, Amsterdam | 5/10/2010

Opus 4 @ Oba: Oba, Amsterdam | 10/6/2010

Scientific Publications

Broekhuijsen, M.J., Delbressine F. & Feijs, L.M. (2011) Quality and rules for mechanical aspects of tangible interaction design. In: DESIRE '11 Procedings of the Second Conference on Creativity and Innovation in Design. ACM New York, NY, USA.

Broekhuijsen, M. J. & Kaptein, M. C. (2011) Persuasion Experience: Using Persuasive Strategies on a Mobile Device. Poster at PINC, workshop during CHI 2011, Vancouver.

In the Media

One of my drawings appeared in: Aarts, H., Hoogendam, E., Kindt, R., & Verhagen, J. (2011, October 4). De schoonheid van verval. Archiprint, 01(01), pp. 24-27.

Opus 4 appeared in: Cruz Restrepo, M., Alves Lino, J., & Hummels, C. (2010). Eindhoven designs volume four. Eindhoven: Eindhoven University of Technology.

Opus 1 appeared in: Franssen, F. (2010). Verlichte Studenten. In A. Dijkhuis, J. Engels, & G. Verhoogt, Lichtkunst in de nieuwe W-hal (pp. 40-44). Eindhoven: TU/e.