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How can meaningfulness be created in the design process? The case of young disabled users.

Olander, Elin LU ; Östlund, Britt LU ; Sperling, Lena and Warell, Anders (2011) In The Design Journal
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It is well-known that the participation in a design process can be experienced as being so meaningful that the participation in itself overshadows even the result of that process. The participants in this design project represent a user group that often use products in which functional value is pre-eminent: people with disabilities. Thereby special attention has been given to the concepts of stigmatisation and meaningfulness. Three wheelchair users, aged between eighteen and twenty-five, have participated in a case study in the form of a design project. The aim of this project was developing a product that makes it easier for them to carry objects while simultaneously moving around. The participants met on five occasions in order to work... (More)
It is well-known that the participation in a design process can be experienced as being so meaningful that the participation in itself overshadows even the result of that process. The participants in this design project represent a user group that often use products in which functional value is pre-eminent: people with disabilities. Thereby special attention has been given to the concepts of stigmatisation and meaningfulness. Three wheelchair users, aged between eighteen and twenty-five, have participated in a case study in the form of a design project. The aim of this project was developing a product that makes it easier for them to carry objects while simultaneously moving around. The participants met on five occasions in order to work with both visual and verbal stimuli. The result shows that the designer can enhance users’ products experience in relation to meaningfulness giving the participants opportunities to reflect over the value ascribed to products. (Less)
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  abstract     = {It is well-known that the participation in a design process can be experienced as being so meaningful that the participation in itself overshadows even the result of that process. The participants in this design project represent a user group that often use products in which functional value is pre-eminent: people with disabilities. Thereby special attention has been given to the concepts of stigmatisation and meaningfulness. Three wheelchair users, aged between eighteen and twenty-five, have participated in a case study in the form of a design project. The aim of this project was developing a product that makes it easier for them to carry objects while simultaneously moving around. The participants met on five occasions in order to work with both visual and verbal stimuli. The result shows that the designer can enhance users’ products experience in relation to meaningfulness giving the participants opportunities to reflect over the value ascribed to products.},
  author       = {Olander, Elin and Östlund, Britt and Sperling, Lena and Warell, Anders},
  issn         = {1756-3062},
  language     = {eng},
  publisher    = {Berg Publishers},
  series       = {The Design Journal},
  title        = {How can meaningfulness be created in the design process? The case of young disabled users.},
  year         = {2011},
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