Human Centered Design: Pt2- The Create Phase

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This is part 2 of a three-part series on how we applied IDEO‘s Human Centered Design tools to our Ed-Tech report. You can check out part 1 about the Hear Phase here.

After all the interviews, conversations, and observations that were made in the Hear Phase of the study, we were charged with the task of making sense of what all of it meant. This brings us to the Create phase of the work. The Create phase is all about taking everything that researchers and designers have “Heard” from their users, and using that information to build solutions that will help solve the design problem. In terms of our paper, it helped us form the building blocks of the finished product.

Making sense of data doesn’t just occur at the very end of the Hear phase. Synthesis and analysis is something that happens in several ways throughout the…

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Digital Inclusion Approaches: The Bigger Picture.

Service Delivery Scenarios

I recently interviewed John Popham, about his views on the UK digital exclusion landscape as part of my research. Hearing about John’s experiences provided me with valuable insights into the ‘bigger picture’ of digital exclusion and the common themes, problems and approaches to digital inclusion strategies.

John has been involved in community development through social media throughout his career. He has also worked on a number of  projects specifically for digital inclusion, such as the recent Digital Planet initiative, which toured the UK in 2012. What was particularly valuable about hearing his experience, is that as an independent stakeholder in the digital exclusion landscape, he sees potential for different approaches to digital exclusion services, when compared to the UK governments own assistive-digital service approaches that are currently in the progress of being developed.

These are the key points that emerged from our discussion:

  1. Digital services are a positive step…

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Bag Pattern transition

Vivian'S Design Journey

Due to that fact that the shopping bag itself is too deep for senior user to reach to the bottom, the bag pattern change to shorter the depth and expend on both side for bigger storage spaces.

There are two different pattern been design and developed further.

One keeps the original sharpness form but changing the depth and width.

DSC_0411 DSC_0410 DSC_0409basic pattern 1

The other pattern I decide to bring some curve stitch structure that shown as an surface texture for the bag.

DSC_0412DSC_0413 style 2

DSC_0415 stitch detail

The new structure works pretty well,  the stitch curve actually matches the Frame design.  Further design will try to simplified the pattern by connect the top compartment with bottom part for a clean form.

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Apple’s revolutionary iPhones help blind navigate a sightless world

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“When visually impaired people gush over iPhones, they swear they aren’t just following the sighted onto the Apple bandwagon. The device isn’t simply the trendy choice for them. It’s pretty much the only choice,” Ben Wolford reports for The South Florida Sun Sentinel. “Out of the package, there’s nothing you need to see and no setup necessary. Just turn it on. There are GPS apps to help navigate, count currency and detect color. Meanwhile, the iPhone is competing with Braille, and nonprofit workers in Fort Lauderdale and elsewhere are offering classes on how to use it.”

“‘I’m not an Apple fanboy,’ said Eric Barrette, the technology specialist at the Lighthouse of Broward. Barrette, who is legally blind, teaches clients how to navigate all manner of technology,” Wolford reports. “Fanboy or not, Barrette is clear: ‘The iPhone is accessible pretty much out of the box, whereas the Android’ – the other…

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Disability Laws Are Not Just a U.S. Thing

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So many things have happened in the last couple of weeks, it’s hard to pick one to write about.  But today I think I’ll talk about accessibility and disability laws.  I find that some in the U.S. believe the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) law is unique.  Certainly it’s the law that pertains to the U.S., but there are other countries that have similar laws.

Rather than try to list other country’s laws (because I would surely miss some), check out this excellent site, Academic Network of European Disability Professionals.  This site has great “country profiles” on various European countries regarding disabilities.  The information is a little, uh, academic in nature (didn’t that sounds better than dry or boring as synonyms…I mean, adjectives?).  But to be fair, they warn us about this in the title of the organization.

I was also very encouraged to hear of a conference held…

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Guest Post: The Barrier Free Mission

Design With the Future In Mind

Todd A. StullThis Guest Post is brought to you by Todd A. Stull, President of Alone Eagle Remodeling, LLC.  Alone Eagle Remodeling is a specialty Bathroom Remodeling Contractor in the Harrisburg, PA area.

With more than 15 years of experience in the bathroom remodeling business as an employee, installer and now a business owner, I have come to recognize and understand how specialized this type of remodeling can be. Handicap bathroom remodeling is very detailed and case sensitive that will vary from a handicapped individual to a senior citizen that is planning to age in place. Linear Drain Shower Design

These specialized aspects became personal when I met my wife, Erika, who has three daughters, one of whom is disabled. Alexis was born prematurely, diagnosed with a form of Cerebral Palsy, with developmental delays. Alexis has been truly blessed in life by beating the two-week life expectancy given by the doctors. My wife and I…

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…the latest thinking in dementia care.

Architecture, Design & Innovation

St Catherines View in Winchester opened in May 2012 – its design reflecting the latest thinking in dementia care.

The Colten Care home is set out in five house groups, each one catering for different levels of dementia and providing the right blend of calm and stimulation for each resident.

Thoughtful interior design is evident throughout, allowing the greatest possible independence for residents.  Colten Developments adopted the highest standards of building, fixtures and fittings throughout and Vicaima’s Classic Oak doors were integral to their design.  There are en-suite wet rooms in all bedrooms, and hydrotherapy spa baths in each of the five house groups.

A variety of themed rooms has also been carefully designed to inspire and stimulate residents.  They include a World Travel room where residents can reflect on where they have lived and travelled. There is also a Wildlife Hide room for viewing birds and other animals in…

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Human-Centered Design Thinking with

To gain insight into the struggles disabled persons face in their day-to-day, the audience divided into teams of three consisting of an observer, a guide, and a disabled person who was either blind or armless. Teams moved about the building to try simple tasks such as drinking water or navigating out of the auditorium. Discussion—and laughter—broke out as the pretend-blind bumped into other participants in the elevator and guides struggled to communicate how to operate the water fountain without hands.

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