Call for participation: Dementia Lab 2017 – stories from design and research

Posted by Niels on Tuesday May 16th 2017 at 11:15

Andrea and Niels are working together with the German Robert Bosch Stiftung on bringing their way of designing for and together with persons with dementia to German Design/Art faculties.
This event is part of this project and this is the second version of this event.

More info on this event can be found at

Dortmund, 6 & 7 September 2017

dementialab event

Stefanie sitting next to person with dementia

For designers, researchers and educators working with people with dementia there are moments of joy when a design is well-accepted, there is appreciation shown for what was designed by caregivers and family members or the method that was used goes well, etc. Despite these positive elements, there are a range of underlying questions that come before, during and after the design process. These questions vary from such practical challenges as recruiting persons with dementia and making connections with dementia groups or care facilities to finding funding before a project begins or failing to have a method work as expected. Designers may struggle to find a find a way of communicating with people with dementia when words fail or have a hard time coping with the stress of dealing with people who are in constant mental and physical decline. Finally, once a design is made, designers and researchers often encounter resistance to the first iterations of the things designed or have difficulty integrating the designs into the routines of daily life and care.


In this second edition of the Dementia Lab event, we wish to support the sharing of these successes and failures by inviting Logo for event on design and dementiacontributions from designers and researchers who are designing for and together with persons with dementia. Besides the participant’s contributions two keynote speakers will try to provoke, stir or respond to the submissions.

For submissions, location, venue etc check

(Dutch) Werelddag Dementie

Posted by Niels on Wednesday August 24th 2016 at 15:43

Op 24 september organiseert de Alzheimerliga de Vlaamse poot van de Werelddag Dementie. De Alzheimerliga richt zich voornamelijk op de informele zorgverleners (mantelzorg) en de persoon met dementie. Deze Werelddag Dementie combineert provocerende en inspirerende lezingen met interactieve workshops. Voor dit laatste zullen Andrea Wilkinson & Niels Hendriks een workshop aanbieden gebaseerd op hun werk voor het Dementielab.

De Werelddag Dementie vindt plaats in de gebouwen van UCLL in Genk.

Aankondiging werelddag dementie 2016

Call for participation: Dementia Lab: the Role of Design 2016

Posted by Niels on Tuesday June 14th 2016 at 10:17

Andrea and Niels are working together with the German Robert Bosch Stiftung on bringing their way of designing for and together with persons with dementia to German Design/Art faculties.
This event is part of this project.

German version at the bottom of this post

Essen, Germany
14 and 15 September, 2016

Design educLogo for event on design and dementiaators of all disciplines, design researchers and designers are invited to attend this two-day event on designing together with people with dementia. Design in all of its forms, from graphic and product design to industrial design and interactions, is putting more focus on becoming socially meaningful. One way that design is responding to this is by working with the growing need of the elderly population and specifically those with dementia. Central to this is the question on how to include the person with dementia their family and (in)formal caregivers in the design process.

In this two day event we invite design educators, designers and researchers to come and be inspired about how to work with people with dementia in their own practice. Next to that, we invite those who have experience in setting up design courses or research projects on designing for and together with persons with dementia to bring to the table their own failed and successful approaches.

The two-day event will focus on three central issues:participatory design with persons with dementia

(1) how to facilitate design education focusing on (participatory) designing for persons with dementia,

(2) the challenge for design students, practitioners and researchers to involve persons with dementia in the design process,

(3) reflections on the ways in which working with individuals with dementia impacts a designer’s current and future way of working.


There will be speakers, presentations and workshops.

To see the full schedule and to see the speaker list, please visit:

All design educators (from all disciplines), design researchers and designers are invited to attend. As the event is supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung, the cost to attend is free, however reserving your place in advance is necessary.

CHI 2016 – Method Stories – A workshop on sharing methods for involving people with Impairments in design

Posted by Niels on Wednesday December 9th 2015 at 08:55

image of workshop chi 2016We are happy to invite you to our CHI2016 workshop on sharing methods for involving people with impairments in the design process. The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers and designers who have involved people with cognitive or sensory impairments in design and to explore how the creation and adaptation process of their methods could be documented and shared. More specifically, the concept of method stories will be explored, an approach of recording behind stories of how methods are made. In this highly interactive workshop, participants will discuss method stories they have created and think about suitable method story elements and formats. Future actions for continuing the method stories approach will be discussed.

You can apply by submitting a method story representing the making process of a method that you used for involving people with cognitive or sensory impairments in a design project. The submission format is open and we encourage you to carefully consider the most suitable format for your method story (e.g. written stories, videos, collages, audio stories, interviews, …). More information about method stories, including examples, can be found on the the workshop website, which also includes suggestions for elements to include in your method story.

Submissions should be digitally transferrable and sharable. Your method story should include those aspects of your methodological approach that are relevant to share with other researchers and designers and we encourage you to address personal reflection, trial-and-error experiences and adaptations to existing methodologies.

*   Submission deadline: 15 January 2016*
*   Notifications: 12 February 2016
*   Workshop: 7 or 8 May 2016
*In case you need a notification before the end of Q4 2015 for financial reasons, please contact us directly.

Kind regards,
Karin Slegers – KU Leuven / iMinds
Niels Hendriks – LUCA School of Arts / KU Leuven
Pieter Duysburgh – Vrije Universiteit Brussel / iMinds
Bert Vandenberghe – KU Leuven / iMinds
Rita Maldonado Branco – Universidade do Porto
Eva Brandt – The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts – School of Design

Design & Dementia in German Schools: Essen

Posted by Niels on Thursday November 12th 2015 at 10:56

Bosch dementia folkwang LUCA Social Spaces Niels Hendriks and Andrea WilkinsonAs of October 2015 Andrea Wilkinson & Niels Hendriks are working on a project called “Participatory Design for Older People with handicaps and for People with Dementia”. This project is funded by the German Robert Bosch Stiftung.

As part of this project several collaborations with German design schools will be set up and a series of workshops and lectures at these partner schools will be held. The first one took place at the Folkwang University in Essen.

Some 20 students and 4 lecturers participated in our workshop. Students came from a variety of disciplines (music, industrial design, photography, communication design), bachelor students as well as master students. The module (named Folkwang Lab) is supported by the management of the university who was highly interested in its potential to explore social design topics.

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