Wearer-led Design. 15-18 August 2021, Kolding, Denmark. Matters of Scale

Sarah Kettley, Trine Moller*, Frederikke Rhyl Toft

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract / Description of output

In current wearable health design we constantly find an imbalance between the wearer and the product. This claim comes from several years of design research
within the field of wearables, and in particular health wearables. This paper presents a prosthetic development project between a designer and Sahva - The Danish Body Aids company. Sahva’s design process is currently, technically, ‘user-centred’ and does not include a holistic approach towards the wearer. We
suggest a wearer-led design approach, proposed from six design dimensions and the Sahva case study, to demonstrate an expanded approach that might be
considered dialogical. We suggest that when health wearables are developed and seen within future design contexts, a wearer-led design approach fulfills better
product acceptance, and thereby effect – to demarginalize wearer-led design in the field of wearable health products.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - 2021
Event9th NORDES Design Research Conference: Matters of Scale - Design School Kolding and University of Southern Denmark, Kolding, Denmark
Duration: 15 Aug 202118 Aug 2021
Conference number: 9


Conference9th NORDES Design Research Conference
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