Innovative products can help us improve our quality of life. I believe that a really important factor for quality of life is being able to participate in meaningful activities. Your physical or mental wellbeing could affect the ability to participate in these activities. To design products which could support physical or mental wellbeing, working together with the experts and target group is essential. Every target group has different needs and sometimes it could be hard to imagine their needs. Including the user and experts in the design process will help define these needs.
From when I was really little I always liked to draw, make and build things. I also really liked sports and being active, when I was around 11 I played handball, did gymnastics, played tennis and danced at jazzdance. When I was around 17 years old I decided to only focus on handbal, that is when I ripped my anterior cruciate ligament and needed a repair. My mother and sister have the same injury and that is also one of the reasons my mother became a fysiotherapist.
I always knew I wanted to create designs which could support the lifes of users, by improving their wellbeing. In highschool I was interested in architecture, because I think your home can influence your mood and wellbeing. I like to think about the specific needs of different users and how designs influences their surroundings. But because I did not want to focus on design in one specific area, I found that product design would suit me better.
Because I really like looking at the needs of the user, intelligent products were really interesting for me. Intelligent products could adapt to the needs of the user, which would improve the design. In my studies at Industrial design I noticed that realization of my concept was really important to me. In order to test the usability of the product, a working prototype is really useful. Because how could a product support the wellbeing of the user, if it would not be used?
In my projects, of which many focussed on people with dementia, I tried to work close to the targetgroup in all my projects. It is really hard to imagine the needs and experiences of a person with dementia, including them in the design process is really helpful. Because I wanted improve my business and realization competencies, I did a minor in integrated design in Denmark. At integrated design I gained knowledge about materials, CAD and marketing. When looking at other designers, I really admire the designers of liftware. This design is really simplistic and offers great value to the users. With this product they are supported to participate in the "simple" activity of eating.
User & Society and Technology & Realization
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