Making it Together

Reciprocal design to promote positive wellbeing for people living with dementia

The project investigated how stakeholders can work with researchers and designers using co-design approaches to create objects and activities to promote ‘in the moment’ pleasure.

The Making It Together (MIT) design research study explored how stakeholders in dementia care can work closely with researchers and designers using co-design and participatory approaches to create objects and activities to occupy people living with dementia, promote ‘in the moment’ pleasure, and in the process provide opportunities for social engagement. It aimed to bring people living with dementia into the design process of creating objects and activities that can contribute to their quality of life. The design research project used two innovative approaches in designing with and for people living with dementia. It used (1) a ‘Bridging Approach’ between people living with dementia and designers and (2) a ‘Reciprocal Design’ approach in the use of workshops with people living with dementia.

Get a copy of the report here: Making It Together Final (reduced size)

Author: Dr Gail Kenning PhD. University of Technology Sydney. gail.kennning@uts.edu.au

Researchers and designers

Dr Gail Kenning, University of Technology Sydney, Researcher/Designer

Annemarie Zijlema, University of Technology Sydney, Researcher/Designer

Laura Ramos, University of Technology Sydney, Researcher/Designer

Vanessa Morgan, MBPsS and Assoc MAPS, Researcher/Designer

Angela Caro Aristizabal, Researcher/Designer

Nicola Charlesworth, Designer

Natasha Boyle, Designer

Rosa Miller, Designer

Daniel Flynn, Designer

Nerine Martini, Designer

Citation

APA: Kenning, G. (2017). Making it Together: reciprocal design to promote positive wellbeing for people living with dementia. UTS

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