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The benefits of involving older people in the design process
KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Health Systems Engineering, Systems Safety and Management.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0563-3635
2015 (English)In: 1st International Conference on Human Aspects of IT for the Aged Population, ITAP 2015 Held as Part of 17th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCI International 2015, Springer, 2015, 3-14 p.Conference paper (Refereed)Text
Abstract [en]

The more experience we get of involving older people in innovation and design processes, the more we recognize the benefits of having to do with life experience as input to the development of digital products and services. Heterogeneity raises personalization as a key component in design. This paper argues that old people are an asset in innovation processes, which is illustrated by projects conducted in Sweden from 1992 to 2014. The aim is to present how older people contribute to the development and what hinders them. The goal of these projects was to promote participation of older people during the design process but to varying degrees depending on the question. Different degrees of participation and involvement are discussed based on the “participation ladder”, on an idea of Arnstein from 1969 and on conclusions from innovation research.

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Springer, 2015. 3-14 p.
Lecture Notes in Computer Science, ISSN 0302-9743 ; 9193
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Life experiences, Older innovators, Participative design, Design, Product design, Design process, Digital products, Innovation process, Innovation research, Participative designs, Personalizations, Human computer interaction
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-181513DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-20892-3_1ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84947291548ISBN: 9783319208916OAI: diva2:909534
2 August 2015 through 7 August 2015

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Available from: 2016-03-07 Created: 2016-02-02 Last updated: 2016-03-07Bibliographically approved

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