Reflections on creative methodologies for health technology research, and the iterative process between research and design

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    This paper presents reflective case studies, based upon experience of creative methodologies for health technology research to develop assistive technology (AT) products and services. AT is often abandoned due to poor aesthetics, disregarding any pleasing functionality of the product. The development of a consumer market for AT means the requirement for the design of products which meets the needs of older and disabled consumers and usersis critical, as consumers of AT are presented with ever increasing choice. As such, consideration of creative methodologies that involve users in the design process is vital. Following this, the paper reflects on creative methods involving older and disabled people in AT development. The journey taken by researchers, designers and the research participants themselves across numerous projects at Coventry University is explored, from the use of ‘traditional’ data collection methods to innovative, creative methodologies such as cocreation, alongside use of 2D-illustration, 3Dmodelling and rapid-prototyping to help participants’ ideas come to life. The paper critically considers benefits of creative design and research methodologies when engaging with disabled and older people, and reflections and learning from researchers and designers who engage directly with participants, to develop AT which is less likely to be abandoned.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    EventDesign4Health: 2015 European Conference - Sheffield, United Kingdom
    Duration: 13 Jul 201516 Jul 2015


    ConferenceDesign4Health: 2015 European Conference
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

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    • cocreation
    • assistive technology
    • older people
    • disabled people
    • research
    • design


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