Co-Designing Smart Home Technology with People with Dementia or Parkinson’s Disease

Wednesday 3 October 2018
Organisers or author: 
Aikaterini Bourazeri, Simone Stumpf

Full paper.

Involving users is crucial to designing technology successfully, especially for vulnerable users in health and social care, yet detailed descriptions and critical reflections on the co-design process, techniques and methods are rare. This paper introduces the PERCEPT (PERrsona-CEntred Participatory Technology) approach for the co-design process and we analyse and discuss the lessons learned for each step in this process. We applied PERCEPT in a project to develop a smart home toolset that will allow a person living with early stage dementia or Parkinson’s to plan, monitor and self-manage his or her life and well-being more effectively. We present a set of personas which were cocreated with people and applied throughout the project in the co-design process. The approach presented in this paper will enable researchers and designers to better engage with target user groups in co-design and point to considerations to be made at each step for vulnerable users.