About me

Hi, I'm Brendan Spijkerman, currently in the final year of my Masters Integrated Product Design at the Delft University of Technology

I design products, both physical and digital ones and, if possible, a combination of the two. In my free time I try to expand my skills by dabbling in things like film & photography, animation and coding (I designed and coded this site, for example). Next to that 3D rendering is a real passion of mine, as can be seen in just about every project in my portfolio.

I believe that products, however simple, should be functional and enrich people's lives. From the finish of the materials or the speed of an animation, right up to the clickiness of a button.

I could keep on talking, but seeing is believing. Check out my projects on this website and keep visiting regularly to see new ones.

  • Coming soon

    Due to confidentiality agreements I can't show details of this project yet. But trust me, it's well worth the wait.

    Year: 2015

A revolutionary training device

Coming soon

  • Ike

    Ike is an advanced concept of a social robot, aimed at making hotel lobbies less of a boring place. His behaviour is inspired by pets in the way they provide active and passive entertainment.

    Year: 2015

  • Ideation

    Ideation played a major role in this project. Getting existing ideas out of your head helps clear the space for new, more innovative ones.

  • Concepts

    An initial selection of three concepts was made. Each concept was based on a different kind of explorative behaviour: visual exploration, touch-based exploration and group-based exploration.

    Because interactions take place over time, I used my skills in 3D animation and rendering to show each concept's behaviour. The vision-based concept was chosen to continue the project with and was later named Ike.

  • Movement

    Ike is in essence an inverted pendulum, which means he constantly has to shift his balance to stay upright. This also gives him a more natural looking way of moving, having to shift his bodyweight around to move.

  • Advanced concept

    The goal was to design an advanced concept. This includes a realistic plan for feasibility of the design. The main working principles were researched and determined to be feasible. This includes how Ike moves, charges, detects obstacles and processes data.

  • Say hello to Ike!

    I decided to render Ike in a real-life environment to really sell the idea of him driving around in a hotel lobby. This involved 3D camera tracking, capturing the environment's lighting and, of course, animation.


A social robot for hotel lobbies

  • Google Entrance

    Google Entrance was designed for Royal Boon Edam, which wanted to shift its focus more towards the retail industry. Google Entrance takes Boon Edam and (fictionally) Google and moves both parties into physical retail. The result is a store that is unlike current retail stores. Google Entrance could even be put in a random building without a physical store attached.

  • A new shopping experience

    Google Entrance was designed from the ground up to deliver a new kind of shopping experience. The entrance itself is almost completely transparent, giving an open appearance, inviting the customer to step inside.

  • Surrounded by content

    Once inside, the smart glass gradually blurs to give the customer a sense of privacy while still allowing light to come in.

    Sensors detect the presence of the customer and, if the customer chose to opt-in, their smartphone, enabling Google Entrance to show previously viewed products and show product recommendations on the OLED display embedded in the glass. The blurred glass also ensures legibility of the display.

  • Tuned to you

    The entrance also uses the customer's posture, facial expression, heart rate and the pitch of their voice to determine their mood and adjusts the light temperature accordingly. RGB LED strips in the steel frame light up the entire entrance.

Google Entrance

A new shopping experience that adjusts to the customer

  • Patio House

    Patio House was designed to eliminate all external sensations. It is set in a future in which everyone is bombarded by outside stimuli. This house shelters its inhabitants from those stimuli.

  • Designed around light

    Even during early concept designs, the Patio House was designed with natural light as the main focal point.

    Using realistic sun simulations during this process allowed us to accurately view how light would interact with the house.

  • Shielding

    The design went through a multitude of steps. Each iteration increasingly focusing inwards.

    The final design has only one window facing outward. All other light comes from the patio or through windows on the roof.

  • Lighting

    Tactically placed cut-outs produce interesting lighting effects throughout the day.

  • Lighting

    The geometry of the house was carefully designed so that even in the winter natural light could reach the cellar.

  • Routing

    Instead of light-blocking walls, Patio House shifts each 'room' three steps up. This separates each space to distinguish it from the rest, but keeps an open appearance.

  • Space efficient

    Because the Patio House has no outward facing windows, houses can be arranged closer together. The height of the lowest wall is slightly higher than eye-level to pique the interest of passers-by, while still ensuring privacy for its inhabitants.

Patio House

A house that shields its inhabitants from the busy outside world

  • Blåbär

    Blåbär was designed with an existing patent as a basis. The function of the patent had to be present in the redesign. IKEA was chosen as the fictional company for which it is designed.

  • From a patent to a new product

    Blåbär was designed around the same working principle as an old patent. But that's where the similarities end. Blåbär looks and works differently.

  • Iterations

    Blåbär went through many iterations before the shape reflected the intended use. A circle at the top that gently curves into a hexagon at the bottom. The spiral shape hinting the user that rotation is key in this product.

  • Force

    By using the compressive force exerted by rotating a helical thread, the user can squeeze the juice from a variety of fruits by hand without requiring a great amount of force.

    This also eliminates the need for loud electric motors, allowing the user to enjoy their morning beverage in peace and serenity.

  • Ease of use

    The user can pour freshly squeezed juice straigth from Blåbär. It is also dishwasher safe and disassembles into four easy to clean parts.


A hand-powered fruit juicer

  • alpha beta

    Designed for an assignment that focused on a specific manufacturing process. This watch was designed to embrace all the benefits 5-axis machining can give. Sporting 3 dimensional curved surfaces and undercuts.

  • Strap design

    A number of different wrist strap designs were made. Eventually, a more elegant and conventional looking design was chosen.

  • Curved

    A device that is worn for hours on-end should be comfortable. alpha beta is a watch that is designed to curve gently with the wrist.

  • Seamless

    The watch-face itself is curved parabolically to create appealing reflections and the hour and minute hand follow this curvature. Finally, the glass seamlessly transitions into the watch frame for a more unified and elegant appearance.

  • Seamless

    The watch-face itself is curved parabolically to create appealing reflections and the hour and minute hand follow this curvature. Finally, the glass seamlessly transitions into the watch frame for a more unified and elegant appearance.

alpha beta

A watch that bends time

  • LAN-connected ambilight

    This project was born from a desire to control LED strips via my home network. I had just discovered that Arduinos could be connected to ethernet and that opened up a host of possibilities.

    This project is invaluable to me as it showed me the usefulness of being able to code. It was a daunting task for a beginning, hobbyist programmer. Combining electronics with http requests, JavaScript and website design.

  • Billions of colours

    The web-app (which was developed mainly by Alexander Weiss) allows multiple channels to be controlled individually, or as groups. The colours smoothly transition from one to the other, even when dimming to extremely low values, because of Arduino's 16-Bit pulse width modulation. This allows for a staggering 65,536 steps per colour, instead of the usual 256.

  • Ultimate entertainment

    I went one step further and connected the Arduino to my media centre pc and wrote a Python addon for Kodi. It has become a room-wide ambilight system for movies and tv shows too. It also automatically and smoothly transitions from normal lighting mode into tv-ambilight mode and back.

LAN-connected ambilight

A first step into combining hard- and software

  • Audi R8

    In the summer of 2011 I decided to model an Audi R8 from scratch to hone my 3D modelling and rendering skills.

  • References

    When I say from scratch I don't mean off the top of my head. I set up a couple of drawings as references.

  • Blocking it out

    The entire car is actually quite 'low poly', the smooth surfaces are created by using so-called 'smoothing modifiers'. This allows me to have more control over the curvature of the surfaces.

  • Tweak, tweak & tweak some more

    After a lot of tinkering with both the car model and the studio environment, a photo-realistic render is the result.

  • It's all in the details

    Small details of the car give it its distinctive character and make it look more like the real-life counterpart. Each LED, for example, is modelled completely, including a tiny reflector inside the LED's plastic housing.

  • Materials

    One of the most time consuming (and fun) parts of 3D rendering is making materials. This is where the illusion of realism can be made or broken.

Audi R8

Honing my 3D modelling and rendering skills

  • Automated curtains

    Automating my curtains was something that has been on my agenda almost as soon as I started living on my own. The repetitive process of opening and closing my curtains at sunrise and sunset seemed perfect as a first project for home automation. This combined with the rise of products like Arduino's really opened the door.

  • Designing & building

    I first designed and built all necessary parts, including making my own pulley on a lathe. The device was then mounted to the wall behind my curtains.

  • Connection to the cloud

    The Spark Core and Spark's (recently rebranded to 'Particle') cloud API allowed me to connect my curtains to the internet.

  • Controlling it

    I built a web-app around it to be able to control my curtains from any device. The app is, of course, fully responsive adjusting perfectly to the resolution of any device. It even includes the webapp I use to control my lights so no switching between apps is necessary.

  • Data logging

    It also logs environmental data to Xively, opens and closes at sunrise and sunset and, combined with IFTTT, knows when I'm home or not, allowing the system to intelligently suspend automatic operations. Finally it can communicate with my lights via Wi-Fi and turn them on or off when the curtains close or open automatically.

Automated curtains

A first foray into the Internet of Things

  • Lighsaber flashlight

    The Industrial Design Engineering faculty offers a lot of great tools to make prototypes. Among my favourites are the lathe and milling machines. For as long as I can remember I’ve been a fan of Star Wars. Suddenly inspiration struck and I decided to make a lightsaber flashlight on the lathe to enhance my metalworking skills.

  • Work in progress

    Machining every part takes a lot of time, so the project is a work in progress. Nevertheless I have already learned a great deal about lathing and machining.

  • Final design

    I modelled all the parts in 3D before I started machining. That way everything fits together nicely and technical drawings can be made easily. I was also able to make a quick render of the final product for motivation.

Lightsaber flashlight

Geeking out while training new skills