Design Probes for People with Dementia

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation


    Paper presentation at the DRS2018 within track 22: Design for Subjective wellbeing.
    In order to include persons with dementia in the MinD project actively, design probes were developed to provide insight into their perspectives. We applied probes due to their exploratory character and participation through self-documentation. The aim of this paper is to reflect on the design of the probes in relation to the outcomes as a source of inspiration for designers. More specifically, we investigate the openness and tangibility of the probes, and their content relating to the past, the current or the future. The five participants completed the probes to a large extent. The openness of assignments influenced their completion and the resulting value for empathizing and inspiration for designers: More defined assignments led to more sharing of personal and sensitive information than very open ones. While crafty, tangible assignments were filled in more extensively than less tangible ones, the classical writing assignments resulted more often in more introspective and reflective information from participants. Furthermore, participants filled in assignments about past memories more extensively than those relating to future goals.

    Period26 Jun 2018
    Event titleDesign Research Society 2018: Catalyst
    Event typeConference
    Conference number5
    LocationLimerick, IrelandShow on map
    Degree of RecognitionInternational


    • design probes; design for dementia; active participation; engagement