Bettina Nissen has established herself as a product designer in the Northeast’s creative community as well as the international design scene. She is now working at Edinburgh University, but at Open Lab was an AHRC-funded PhD researcher on The Creative Exchange at Newcastle University.
In her creative practice, Bettina designs objects that are not only functional but also engage the user. By reframing daily activities in a new context and creating ritual interactions with the object, each design tells a story and encourages an emotional response.
Bettina’s research interest is in exploring new ways of designing products through data visualisation, generative processes, digital modelling and 3D printing. Through developments in 3D technologies and digital fabrication, mass production is shifting toward mass customisation, opening up a new field for explorations into personalised storytelling. With the object’s potential for meanings beyond a graphic representation, Bettina is interested in developing methods for transforming abstract concepts and information into tangible, tactile and accessible products that can educate and empower users.