"Design for (every)one” is a Belgium based joint design and research project at University College of West-Flanders (Howest). It aims to bridge the gap between open design and assistive technology. Participatory design is applied as an incremental personalization process involving simultaneously design team members, patients and occupational therapists blending the boundaries of make time and use time. The use of expierence prototyping and low volume manufacturing techniques enable us to make products that are adaptive to skills and emergent challenges of unique disabled users.

Basically, this approach of community-based rehabilitation works in two ways, personalized assistive products are fitted to the users and users become fitted to their products. The group aims to gain more knowledge on self-organzing design activities and the impact of making together on the experience of all involving stakholders. By implementing this active engagement process disabled people and their carers become conscious actors in providing collaborative maintenance of their own physical, mental and social well-being.

Open Acces Publication :
De Couvreur, L., Dejonghe, W., Detand, J., & Goossens R. H. M. (2013). The role of subjective well-being in co-designing open-design assistive devices. International Journal of Design, 7(3), 57-70.


DESIGN RESEARCH : Methodics, Techniques, Papers, Lectures...

INDUSTRY : Products, Cases, Prototyping, Events...

HEALTHCARE : Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Welness...