Hosting two state-of-the-art researchers


Next week my second design experiment will start of with hosting these two amazing women: Jayne Wallace and Sarah Kettley.

The design experiment will frame the research question:

“How to design a medical device to be a personal object?”

The experiment is part of unfolding my further investigations of an ‘Accessory Approach’ – a key proposal in my PhD project “Intimacy, Accessories and Wearables”.

For two days Jayne will be lecturing the accessory design students 3rd year at Design School Kolding. The students will also be the design practitioners of the design experiment. Together with 7 women 65+ they will carry out a design process, framing the experience of wearing a health monitor in own home for 5 days. The health monitor is provided by the Danish Health Tech company Cortrium.

The new approach in this experiment, is the combination of wearable health technology and accessory design. And, its similarities depending on the use, users and the object.

Both Jayne and Sarah has worked within this combination and emerging design field for many years. Another aim at inviting them to Kolding, is to establish the research network “Accessories to Health”, between Nottingham Trent University, Northumbria University and Design School Kolding.

The design experiment will start on the 26th of October, and finalise with a presentation of the accessory design students new ideas and solutions, of how to design a medical device to be a personal object.

This will happen on the 19th of December in front of the 7 women 65+, Cortrium and other interests from the Design School.

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