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That’s So Not Cool: Introducing Students to Elder Design

dc.contributor.author Garbutt, Michael en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2021-11-25T13:27:43Z
dc.date.available 2021-11-25T13:27:43Z
dc.date.issued 2007 en_US
dc.description.abstract To develop effective design solutions for end users whose life experiences, health, mobility, and cognitive functions are significantly different to our own, we must recognize and challenge our assumptions about those users. When we set out to inspire novice designers to practice in a field widely considered as he height of ‘uncool’, we also challenge beliefs about the nature of design itself. Introducing young novice designers to ‘Elder Design, (ED) i.e. design responses to the needs of people over the age of 65, achieves both these goals. It also meets a rapidly ageing society’s requirement for designers with an understanding of this user group. This paper presents an analysis of a graduating student’s design for a chair intended for residents’ use in a residential aged care facility (RACF) in south-western Sydney). Effective design solutions in this area require a multidisciplinary approach involving an understanding of environment-behaviour relationships, the ageing process, dementia, nursing practices, operations research, and ergonomic design for user groups with highly specific (but varied) needs. In addition to the end users, ED introduces students to clients such as RACF operators, who are themselves experiencing rapid change in the types of the services they provide and the care models which inform them. In this context, effective problemsolving begins with problem identification -- for all parties. Evaluated via interview and the analysis of design outcomes, the project provides an insight into possible approaches to developing education for user-centred design solutions across many fields. en_US
dc.identifier.isbn 9780646481470 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1959.4/39698
dc.language English
dc.language.iso EN en_US
dc.publisher University of New South Wales en_US
dc.rights CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 en_US
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/au/ en_US
dc.source Legacy MARC en_US
dc.title That’s So Not Cool: Introducing Students to Elder Design en_US
dc.type Conference Paper en
dcterms.accessRights open access
dspace.entity.type Publication en_US
unsw.accessRights.uri https://purl.org/coar/access_right/c_abf2
unsw.description.notePublic Original inactive link: http://www.connected2007.com.au/finalpapers/ en_US
unsw.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.26190/unsworks/511
unsw.publisher.place Sydney, Australia en_US
unsw.relation.faculty Arts Design & Architecture
unsw.relation.ispartofconferenceLocation Sydney, Australia en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofconferenceName ConnectED 2007 International Conference on Design Education en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofconferenceProceedingsTitle Proceedings of ConnectED 2007 International Conference on Design Education en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofconferenceYear 2007 en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Garbutt, Michael, Design Studies, College of Fine Arts, UNSW en_US
unsw.relation.school School of Art and Design *
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