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: http://www.dementialab.com

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.

Bespoke Design – a booklet

Posted by Katrien on Wednesday March 2nd 2016 at 14:45

IMG_20160226_101803After almost 3 years, the PD project Bespoke Design (Design op Maat in Dutch) is finally finished. The insights we gathered during this trajectory are translated in a booklet.

Starting from the everyday experiences of living with type 1 diabetes,  we developed self management tools for and together with one person. In contrast to the common medical and top-down approaches, wherein a ‘universal’ tool is designed for a large group of users, the participatory approach is more in line with the fact that people with diabetes use these tools 24/7, and are thus experts in dealing with this chronic condition.

This booklet gives an insight into the overall design process of Bespoke Design, the challenges involved, the participants and designers who collaborated in this process and the prototypes that were developed. Besides this, the aim of the booklet is to clarify the project’s contributions to the field of participatory and open design practices. The first chapter illustrates how we documented the project, and how sharing this documentation with others allowed these processes and results to transcend this particular project, the participants and team involved. In the second chapter, we assess how participatory making in a FabLab can be a way of extending participation in the making phase, instead of being restricted to the conceptual phase of a design project. Finally, the third chapter describes the need of setting up, maintaining and nurturing long-term relationships and the designer’s role in these processes. We conclude by stating that the changing practices of documenting, participatory making and infrastructuring within Bespoke Design demand a different role for the designer.

 

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.

Call for Participation for the 14th biennial Participatory Design Conference

Posted by Jessica on Thursday September 3rd 2015 at 09:05

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

Join us for the 14th biennial Participatory Design Conference (PDC)
Aarhus, Denmark, 15 – 19 August 2016

http://pdc2016.org/

The Participatory Design Conference (PDC) is a premier venue for presenting research on the direct involvement of people in the design, development, implementation and appropriation of information and communication technology. PDC brings together a multidisciplinary and international group of researchers and practitioners from multiple fields encompassing a wide range of issues that emerge around cooperative design.

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