Universal Product Design Involving Elderly Users: A Participatory Design Model
Demirbilek, O., & Demirkan, H. (2004). Universal product design involving elderly users: a participatory design model. Applied ergonomics, 35(4), 361-370.
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Recent studies have shown that people prefer to age in their familiar environments, thus guiding designers to provide a safe and functionally appropriate environment for ageing people, regardless of their physical conditions or limitations. Therefore, a participatory design model is proposed where human beings can improve their quality of life by promoting independence, as well as safety, useability and attractiveness of the residence. Brainstorming, scenario building, unstructured interviews, sketching and videotaping are used as techniques in the participatory design sessions. Quality deployment matrices are employed to find the relationships between the elderly user's requirements and design specifications. A case study was devised to apply and test the conceptual model phase of the proposed model. (C) 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.