Client: Saxion Hogeschool | Status: COMPLETED

Smart Cities & Citizens Platform

Concept | Information Design | Interaction Design

The Smart Cities & Citizens platform brings together applied researchers from universities of applied sciences, urban actors and representatives from knowledge institutions and knowledge networks in relevant areas such as construction and living environment around the theme of smart cities and citizens.

From various disciplinary perspectives, they work together to accelerate and improve practice-oriented research and to design and experiment with the applications of new technologies for a vital, smart city.

The landing page houses relevant information about the Smart Cities and Citizens Platform & Lectoraat. It provides a meeting point for the Tools initiative & the Publication content and ensures a smoother and more focused entry into the content space (Medium) of the publication – with handpicked suggestions for various audience types.


For the Smart Cities & Citizens Platform I have worked on developing a concept and design for reimagining the age-old report publication at the end of a research project into a useful tool, more dynamic and cost-effective, that can stay true to the goals of the project and contribute to achieving them even even when its duration is finished – a digital opportunity to connect stakeholders in the smart cities domain with relevant knowledge and each other.​

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The compact form of the digital space (landing) connecting the parts also allows for a less overwhelming entry-point into the network of projects that the platform has developed. In this way, it can easier serve as the go-to web address when sharing & promoting the project online, at industry events etc.

To achieve this I work with the Smart Cities and Citizens Platform at the Smart Cities Lectoraat (Saxion Hogeschool Enschede) on integrating content produced as part of the project (such as best practices, interviews, or reflections on innovation, research and student projects, funded initiatives, interviews with stakeholders and information on institutions and programmes) by setting up designing, editing and art directing a publication-like space on a suitable platform ( and connecting this to other relevant projects within the Smart Cities and Citizens Platform ecosystem – so that seemingly isolated initiatives create a network of useful resources for scholars, professionals, researchers and students alike. ​

By having both, we can account a broader set of user journeys and provide a suitable way to reach different audiences for different contexts (i.e: main page @ conferences, or as a resource to be shared, for broader reach). This way, the main site ( becomes a less dense/overwhelming entry point.

The goal of keeping the publication content and the main page separate was also to create flexibility and to ensure that the publication is as accessible as possible, beyond the closed silos of Academia (who are most likely to come in contact easily with it). As Saxion Hogeschool and their partners are public institution, they bear a responsibility that the production and dissemination of the knowledge produced is as accessible as possible for everyone.

Here, proved a perfectly suited platform. Not only was it accessible, but the webspace proved most in-line with the potential audiences of the publication (researchers, academics, professionals, interested), not necessarily affiliated with specific academic institutions). Simply put, we went where our audience was. also allowed a cost-effective way to produce the publication that, if needed, and should the opportunity arise, can be infinitely re-shuffled, re-designed, re-edited, re-curated etc. based on the future demands of the Smart Cities & Citizens Platform.

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Main landing houses general information about the Smart Cities & Citizens Platform, connects the content space to the 'Onderwijs Tool' and the platform itself. Handpicked article suggestions on the main landing ensure a smooth entry into the content space of the publication (

Curation and organisation of content, visual and otherwise, for the publication was an integral part of the project.

This was done in close collaboration with John van de Pas, the author of the publication. By clicking the link below (left), you can see the starting (home)page of the publication and the selection, design and information structure we have developed there. In time, provided there is a specific need, or context in which the publication needs to be showcased in, this can be easily reconfigured. The left button takes you to the landing page of the publication (lower content density).