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Codesign for People with Aphasia Through Tangible Design Languages

Wilson, S., Roper, A., Marshall, J. , Galliers, J. R., Devane, N., Booth, T. & Woolf, C. (2015). Codesign for People with Aphasia Through Tangible Design Languages. CoDesign, 11(1), pp. 21-34. doi: 10.1080/15710882.2014.997744


Codesign techniques encourage designers and end-users to work together in the creation of design solutions, but often make assumptions about the ways in which participants will be able to communicate. This can lead to the unwitting exclusion of people with communication impairments from the design of technologies that have the potential to transform their lives. This paper reports our research into codesign techniques for people whose communication skills are impaired. A variety of techniques were explored on two projects; some were adaptations of existing codesign techniques, others were created specially. In both cases, the emphasis was on creating tangible design languages. The results illustrate how people with communication impairments can be given a voice in design and demonstrate the benefits of doing so.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in CoDesign: International Journal of CoCreation in Design and the Arts on 9 Jan 2015, available online:
Publisher Keywords: codesign, aphasia, participatory design, tangible design language
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Computer Science > Human Computer Interaction Design
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