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Design Thinking as a Process for Innovative Older Adult Applications

Authors:
Claudia Rebola
Elizabeth Hermann

Keywords: Design Thinking; Critical Making; Design for Aging; Methodologies

Abstract:
Design Thinking is a critical methodology used by designers to work through and solve complex problems, and to develop solutions aimed at creating a preferred future. Designing for aging requires focused expertise, considerations, and principles for bringing about effective solutions for this target population. While there is vast knowledge within each of these areas of knowledge and practice, little has been discussed and presented at the intersection of the two – design thinking and aging. This paper introduces a system for design thinking addressing the needs of older adults. The system is comprised of a seven-phase “P” methodology: Position, Purpose, Prosthetics, Place, Participation, Potential and Presentation. This paper discusses a case study of the application of this methodology in a project titled “Aging and Health(care) 3.0: Place of Aging," a collaboration across Industrial Design and Architecture. The significance of this paper is to introduce approaches that better identify critical opportunities when designing for older adults. This paper discusses approaches that are contextual and personal in the realm of designing for one in the context of many, with the aim of redefining care for healthy aging.

Pages: 310 to 315

Copyright: Copyright (c) IARIA, 2017

Publication date: March 19, 2017

Published in: conference

ISSN: 2308-4138

ISBN: 978-1-61208-538-8

Location: Nice, France

Dates: from March 19, 2017 to March 23, 2017

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