On this website, the process and results of the project “Design for Specific Users” can be found. This project takes place in the seventh module of the study Industrial Design Engineering, in the college year 2021-2022.
The assignment in this project is, as the name suggests, to design a product for a specific user. In order to do this, all groups got assigned to a specific user to work together with them and get to a product that suits the participant. To get to a good result, using co-design methods is very important. As a project group, we got assigned to work with a 36-year-old man that suffers from Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia (HSP). This is a genetic disorder that causes a gradual weakening of the muscles in the legs and an increase of the leg stiffness.
The project consists of three phases. The first phase is ‘context mapping study and design challenge’, in which research about the disability and existing solutions has been done. From this research and the interview with the participant, we created a design challenge that describes the type of product that we want to create. The second phase is ‘Co-design and concept design’. In this phase the focus was on creating different ideas together with the participant by using co-design methods. From these ideas, several concepts were created and evaluated together. The third and last phase is ‘Prototyping and presenting’, in which we created physical models of the concepts and evaluated them. In this phase we also chose our final concept and worked it out in different types of results to present in a website, pitch and presentation.
The process and results of this project can be found on this website.