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Co-designing with 
Visually Impaired Children

Co-design activities and workshop with Visually Impaired Children

OVERVIEW

Co-design methodology takes the user-centered approach a step ahead by including end-users directly in the design process. It ensures that their needs are well addressed by involving them as true experts of the experience. But when it comes to visually impaired children, it presents some unique challenges which mostly remain unaddressed with limited research in the domain.

I collaborated with a fellow designer to conceptualize and conduct a co-design session with these children as part of her broader project around indoor navigation for the visually impaired. A one-day co-design workshop including different co-design activities around ideation, prototyping, and testing was conducted at Guwahati Blind School. We presented our approach, co-design activities, key learnings, and the best practices for organizing such co-design sessions with visually impaired children as part of this research paper. These contributions would help fellow practitioners to build more innovative and accessible solutions for visually impaired children, promote the inclusion of these children in the design process, and also teach them some hands-on design activities in the process. 

The paper was presented at the esteemed Design for Tomorrow, 8th International Conference on Research into Design, 7-10 January. It is published and available on Springer as part of the conference proceedings.

DURATION

8 Weeks

Feb 2019 - Apr 2019

ROLE

Secondary Author

Observational Study, Brainstorming, Conceptualization, Co-design workshop

TEAM

Anupriya Gupta and Lokesh Fulfagar under the guidance of Prof. Pankaj Upadhyay

PUBLICATION

Gupta A, Fufagar L, Upadhyay P. Co-designing with Visually Impaired Children. In: Design for Tomorrow, Proceedings of 8th International Conference on Research into Design. 2020, In press.

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