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Award-winning business innovator, systems & industrial designer helping companies develop sustainable solutions for a better tomorrow

Awards and recognitions
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Sustainable systems & industrial design

Proven track record of developing truly sustainable products on local and global scale. Generating new ideas together with clients and guiding them through the development process towards successful low footprint solutions.
Developing a patented product concept for the
world's most sustainable ink cartridge, from the first
idea toglobal product launch.
Client: HP Inc.Next projectPrevious project
Growing mushrooms at home can be scary and messy.
We created an entirely new growing experience by converting growkits into simple yet beautiful bouquets
Client: PaddenstoelenboerNext projectPrevious project

Prototyping and testing digital & hardware innovation

Finding ways to validate the potential of disruptive ideas in the earliest stages of development. Prototyping and testing concepts with real users enables faster product-market fit and gives clients a clear product vision to pursue and implement.
Inspiring IKEA's innovation team with ideation
workshops on how to reimagine urban waste as a
valuable resource for our everyday lives
Clients: IKEA & SPACE 10Next projectPrevious project
Designing and prototyping a public walk-in service for
people to understand how their lifetyle impacts their
personal health with augmented reality tools.
Client: UK Government Dept of Healh & Social CareNext projectPrevious project

User research for new business ventures

Using quantitative and qualitative research methods, to uncover problems & opportunities for clients, their customers, and their stakeholders. Constantly extracting insights from these key players is a good idea at any stage of a product’s lifecycle, but it becomes even more crucial when trying to discover meaningful applications for new technologies or business models.
Structurizing the UX research efforts to learn how HP's
first 3D print manufacturing environment can meet the
needs of additive manufacturers and their customers.
Client: HP Inc.Next projectPrevious project
Discovering opportunities for Cambodian craftsmen
to survive in a changing market, where product orders
increasingly go to factories in neighboring countries.
Client: TU Delft / European UnionNext projectPrevious project

Lecturing, talks & mentorship

Teaching innovation management methods or giving long-term mentorship to students, startups, and organizations, giving them tools to increase their own confidence, when navigating through the uncertainties of developing a product.
Giving startups in pre-seed stage critical feedback on
value proposition, product validation as well as go-to
market strategy to prepare them for investor pitches.
Client: Innmind / Draper UniversityNext projectPrevious project
Bringing engineering students closer to the concepts
of sustainable innovation management with hands on
workshops as associate lecturer at UPC.
Client: Polytechnic University of CataloniaNext projectPrevious project
Giving young people in Phnom Penh a space to
cultivate design thinking and confidence in their own creativity through a series of talks and workshops.
Client: TU Delft / European UnionNext projectPrevious project


Bernd Karlsboeck is an innovator, designer, and researcher with experience in consumer tech, health tech, and food tech as well as industry 4.0, additive manufacturing, circular economy, and human-AI interaction. As the former head of HP’s industrial design department, Bernd managed the design vision for the awarded 3D print and 2D large format print product portfolio. He later co-created the internal HP advanced design & future projects lab where he generated several patented innovations. He gives lectures on innovation management and entrepreneurship at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, and guest lectured at the renowned Umea Institute of Design as well as other universities and innovation hubs in Europe and Asia. Currently, he consults organizations and startups from a wide variety of sectors in early-stage product development.


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