From Observing Beans to Serving the Elderly: Prototyping Medication Administration for The Elderly in Hong Kong

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Abstract

Great design always meets people’s needs. Observing users therefore comes to be one of the key ethnographic methods in user-centred design. Apart from listening to what intended users say in user tests, it is also essential for designers to observe how intended users perform towards the design, and how they make sense of it in their natural environment or in a real world context. In an effective design programme, visual communication design students need to be taught reach beyond an emphasis in beautifying design, and to bring end-users to the centre of the design development process.

In a practice-led school project centred around redesigning medicine labels and enhancing positive experience in medication administration for the elderly, design students learned not only how to conduct a series of user tests, but also recognized the importance of observation as they developed prototypes from the users’ perspectives. By completing the project, students verified the optimal medicine label design and developed final prototypes with compelling solutions towards medication administration for senior citizens.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019
EventDRS Learn X Design 2019, Fifth International Conference for Design Education Researchers: Insider Knowledge, - Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey
Duration: 9 Jul 201912 Jul 2019

Conference

ConferenceDRS Learn X Design 2019, Fifth International Conference for Design Education Researchers: Insider Knowledge,
Country/TerritoryTurkey
CityAnkara
Period9/07/1912/07/19

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