First BA Research Award 2017
Jury Research Award:
"This project has an extremely original point of departure, since it employs blind people as experts for keeping order, thus involving users as designers. The framing of a so-called minority issue as expertise is very strong and transcends this specific project. Research, methodology and product are closely interconnected, crystal-clear and realised on a professional level."
Research question: How can I, as an (open) lifestyle designer, take the well-organised, consistent and structured knowledge developed and acquired out of necessity by blind and visually impaired people (the experts), and make it available to chaotic-minded people or others in need of more structure and calm in their lives within our hectic society?
By considering blind and visually impaired people as experts in the field of organisation, we can make their highly organised knowledge available to a broader target audience. The knowledge of the expert is thus applied as the starting point for the design.
This results in a redundant system of organisation, implemented in the form of a docking station and a backpack. The design is made for everyone: blind and visually impaired people, as well as anyone else in need of more structure within our chaotic society.