MinD exchange in the Netherlands

Over the last two weeks, the MinD project team visited the partners in Netherlands: Zorggroep St Maarten, Panton and University of Twente. We presented our progress to the European Commission Officer for the Mid-term Review Meeting and the group set next steps in design development. We have now identified important ‘transitions’: core areas where people with dementia and carers need to adjust to changes. On Thursday July 6th we hosted a successful workshop at Panton where we presented our project and discussed directions for design with participants from both healthcare and design. All materials generated and more reports are available through our project website.

IMG_5756[2]Next up, after the summer holidays, are two more design exchanges in September in Berlin and Barcelona.

Coming soon: Design for Behaviour Change edited book

We have just finished correcting the proofs of our edited book on Design for Behaviour Change (Theories and Practices on Designing for Change) and it will be out in September 2017. This book will be published in the Design for Responsibility series by Routledge and is edited by prof. Kristina Niedderer, dr. Stephen Clune and dr. Geke Ludden. See more.

The book presents an overview of current approaches dedicated to understanding how design may be used intentionally to make changes to improve a range of problematic social and environmental issues. It offers a cross-disciplinary and cross-sectoral overview of different academic theories adopted and applied to design for behaviour change.

The aim of the volume is twofold: firstly, to provide an overview of existing design models that integrate theories of change from differing scientific backgrounds; secondly, to offer an overview of application of key design for behaviour change approaches as used across case studies in different sectors, such as design for health and wellbeing, sustainability, safety, design against crime and social design. Design for Behaviour Change will appeal to designers, design students and practitioners of behavioural change.

Textile Reflexes

In August, the project Textile Reflexes in which we will explore the possibilities of robotic textiles for coaching will start. Textile Reflexes was funded by the Horizon2020 project Wear Sustain and is a collaboration between fashion- and textile designer Hellen van Rees, computer scientist Angelika Mader (UT) and me.

Hellen explains more about the project in this video: