Invitation for seminar: How is life? Experiences from codesigning with people with dementia


When: Monday 1st of June 2015 from 16.30 – 18.00
Where: KADK (Rum 90. 2. 01), Fabrikmestervej 4, Copenhagen K.

CODE invites all who are interested in how design and especially codesign processes can contribute to social innovation. In the seminar researchers from Portugal, Belgium and Denmark will tell about both different codesign approaches and outcomes from projects engaging people suffering from dementia.

In the seminar researchers from Portugal, Belgium and Denmark will tell about both different codesign approaches and outcomes from projects engaging people suffering from dementia. The three presentations will be followed by a plenary discussion. The aim is to share experiences, reflect upon challenges and point to future directions in designing with people living with various cognitive and/or sensory impairments.


Rita Maldonado Branco is a communication designer and PhD student from the University of Porto and the Research Institute for Design, Media and Culture (ID+), Portugal. Her research is about how design can facilitate communication with people with dementia. During her MA, Rita proposed informative and more empathetic ways of representing dementia, as well as some tools to mediate interaction. In her PhD project she explores how design can enable people with dementia and their families to develop personalised strategies for interaction. In this seminar, Rita will speak about how her grandparents with dementia inspired her work, and share some of her experiences about designing with people with dementia.


Niels Hendriks is part of the Social Spaces research group, University of Leuven, Belgium. In his participatory design research work together with people with Dementia he looks at how the designer-researcher steps into the subjective world of persons with dementia and their network to make them agent actors in a design process. Niels will share experiences from several research projects but also present the add-ons for a walker, a 3D audio track to support fysiotherapy and a coloring book for persons with dementia as some of the designs that came out of the various participatory design processes.


Gudrun Risak and Andrea Otterstrøm Nørgaard have both graduated as MA in design from KADK, School of design. Their thesis “At Alzheimers” is an ethnography on everyday life with Alzheimer’s disease, focusing on challenges, concerns and hope. The project is based on a series of meetings between Gudrun and Andrea, and 3 couples, sharing the life circumstance that one of them is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Dialogues and design (probing) material are presented to show how everybody has their individual ways of handling living with Alzheimer’s. At the seminar Gudrun and Andrea will share some of the findings concerning the vast effort to maintain dignity and equality in the relation between husband and wife, but also the common struggle to “stay normal” in relation to their surroundings.

The seminar is arranged by CODE (Center for research on codesign, coproduction and social innovation) at KADK.

The seminar is free of charge.
The seminar language is english.

Moderator: Professor Eva Brandt (CODE),

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About Eva Brandt

Eva Brandt is Professor in Social Design at Design School Kolding since May 2019. Eva is scientific leader of the Lab for Social Design. The main part of her research is about how designers can stage open design processes (design labs based on participatory design/codesign) with many participants who both can inquire into existing practices and explore possible futures in common. She also contributes to theorizing about experimental design research driven by programs and experiments. She has been contributing to several books such as Design Spaces (IT Press, 2005), Rehearsing the Future (The Danish Design School Press, 2010), XLAB (The Danish Design School Press, 2011), Facilitating Change – Using Interactive Methods in Organizations, Communities and Networks (Polyteknisk Forlag, 2011), and Routledge International Handbook of Participatory Design (Routledge, 2013). Practice Based Design Reseach (2017). Ledelse og samskabelse i den offentlige sektor (2018). Eva has been chairing the Nordic Design Research Conference in 2013, and are chairing the Nordes 2021 too.


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    Very interesting article! I work for essay writers wanted custom and we are also trying to deal with social innovations. I would like to visit your seminar!

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    I and my mates from resume writing service are into helping people with disabilities. I’d like to visit your seminar to widen our knowledge of the problem.

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