• Ideating for his design using example cards and a prompt activity sheet
  • Exploring the design kit materials for form and function
  • The finished article
  • "It's the most fun I've had since handicrafts in primary school!"
  • Participant's design

Co-design kit pilot workshop with SiDE User Pool

In a co-design workshop at the School of Computing, BESiDE's design team invited members of the SiDE User Pool, who have experience of visiting or working in care homes to trial and discuss a design kit currently under development. This kit comprises of a range of different materials and wearable components for care home residents to use to build wearable carriers for location logging devices that is to their taste and style. The User Pool member's feedback will be used to improve and further develop this method of making prior to it being introduced to care home residents; how easy is the kit to use; and how appropriate is the range of different materials and parts for use in a care context?

Participants were invited to explore the materials provided to build a prototype wearable to fit the location logging devices aided by the design team and activity prompt sheets; who would they like to design for? What are the key design features to their wearable? How should the wearer feel when they put it on? They were encouraged to chat and share ideas with the group throughout the workshop. Having each been given a basic kit of materials, the participants prototyped their wearables designed to fit on the body or attached to a walking aid.  

"I don't like carrying things as I'd want to put them down - I'd prefer to wear them" - SiDE User Pool member on their design requirements  

The participants got to work quickly with the kits and generated a range of different design solutions using the pouch templates as their base. One participant imagined and constructed a basic pouch that could be “worn in a multitude of fashions”; on the wrist, on a belt or inside a handbag or case; he devised a pouch to house the loaction logging sensor with a strap fixed with Velcro that acted as both, a strong carrying strap and as an additional fastening to hold the flap of the pouch in place (and secure the sensor). Another created a brightly coloured gilet vest with a concealed pouch in the back to house the sensor.

The participants told us that the range of materials provided to them was good and varied and that they believed a similar activity would be enjoyable for care home resdidents to take part in to design wearables that they themselves would like to wear. Overall, the session was successful; fast paced and fun: 

'It's the most fun I've had since handicrafts in primary school' - SiDE User Pool Member

This sort of feedback is extremely valuable to the design team who are continuing to unpack all of their findings to feed into the next iteration of the design kit; the kit must be easy and fun to use and provide users with an enjoyable experience. 


Event Details
  • A Workshop
Location Details
Queen Mother Building

University of Dundee
United Kingdom

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