Designing for All: Participatory Action Research in practice.

A session at UX Craft Cape Town South Africa

Friday 3rd October, 2014

2:15pm to 3:00pm (SAST)

The aim of this presentation is to explore the systems design approach of a multi-disciplinary team, designing for differently abled individuals, and the interaction with a user during this process.
Participatory Action Research (PAR) was used as a methodology to underpin the research driven design process of the project. The team consists of design and engineering professionals, together with Nicky Abdinor, a physically disabled user and main stakeholder in the project. One of the main goals of the project was to design a set of products to be used when developing and designing vehicles for disabled users, drawing on theories relating to meta-design and user-centred design (UCD).
This study explores the context within which the research process took place and the difficulties involved with the setting and environment. It will explore the information gathering process during verbal user feedback within a set time versus unobtrusive user observation over a time period defined by the user. This project is unique due to the parties involved and the impact which the result could have on enabling design for the disabled community in South Africa.

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Gerhard Coetzee

Cape Peninsula University of Technology - Technology Station

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Time 2:15pm3:00pm SAST

Date Fri 3rd October 2014

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