Designing Sensory e-Textiles for Dementia
International Conference on Design Creativity
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This paper describes research investigating the design and development of new kinds of sensory textiles to be used to support the subjective wellbeing (SWB) of persons with dementia (PwD). An international collaborative research project is presented in which participatory and inclusive design methods have been used, informed by the expertise and experience of a variety of stakeholders including carers, occupational therapists, PwD and their families. Research methodologies, based on relationship centred care and positive design approaches, are qualitative and include case studies, recorded interviews, documentary photography and practical participatory workshop sessions. Early findings from the research in the form of prototype textile design solutions are presented; these include embedded technology, which extend the sensory properties of the proposed garments. The paper evidences the benefits of using a collaborative and open style of design research that encourages fun, exploration and joyful cooperation to address the global challenge of creatively designing for an ageing population.
The Third International Conference on Design Creativity (3rd ICDC);
Treadaway, C., Kenning, G., Coleman, S. (2015) Proceedings of the The Third International Conference on Design Creativity (3rd ICDC), Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, 12th-14th January 2015 Eds. Chakrabarti, Amaresh; Taura, Toshiharu; Nagai, Yukari
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