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Name: Daniel Carstens
Location: G047 Ground Floor, FADA Bunting Road Campus
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Contact Details:
Tel: 011 559 1391


About Mr. Daniel Carstens

Qualifications: BTech Industrial Design (Cum Laude)(UJ)(2015); Ndip Three-Dimensional Design (Cum Laude)(UJ)(2014). Title: Lecturer, Department of Industrial Design. BA First year coordinator.

Short Bio: Daniel completed a BTech Degree in Industrial Design at the University of Johannesburg in 2015 with a dissertation project titled “The user centered design of an ergonomic tattoo machine”. This research focused on reducing the risk factors contributing to the development of musculoskeletal orders in tattoo artists. After completing his BTech, Daniel co-founded and award-winning industrial design consultancy, The Ideamongery. The consultancy’s focus is on product and materials development, small-scale manufacturing, unique interiors, activations and experience collateral. He has lectured part-time since 2016 and since 2024, appointed as a full-time lecturer. He is currently undertaking his MA Industrial design, focusing on appropriate manufacturing technology development for the South African context.

Achievements: 2012 University of Johannesburg Top Achiever, 2012 Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture Overall Top Achiever, 2013 Third Place: PISA and PETCO student design competition, 2013 First Place: ARMSA Student design competition: Water Skimmer, 2014 Indiafrica Poster design competition Winner, 2014 Cube Gallery Vitra : Cube Design Award, 2015 Dean’s Award Winner: FADA. 2016 2 Silver Loerie Awards: The Vuvuliser

Recent publications


  • IOT Integration In South African Design Education Through The Design Of Afro-Futuristic Smart Cars. Oratile R Mokgatla, Department of Industrial Design, University of Johannesburg.
  • Daniel Carstens, Department of Industrial Design, University ofJohannesburg Paper Accepted To be Presented, 25th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education.


  • Equipping Future Design Entrepreneurs with Appropriate Small-Batch Manufacturing Technologies
  • Accepted for publication, Special issue of the African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development
  • Daniel Carstens, Department of Industrial Design, University of Johannesburg
  • 10th International Conference on Appropriate Technology in November 2022.