To Shed Some Light on Empowerment

Authors Fenne Verhoeven, Jelle van Dijk
Published in proceedings
Publication date 15 June 2016
Research groups Co-design
Type Lecture


from the article: "We present a case study as part of an investigation into the value of Embodied theory for the design of mixed physical digital interactive products. An interactive light system was designed that empowers an independent living person with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in managing domestic activities. Reflecting on the case we develop our vision of Embodied Functionality (EF). Designing for EF goes beyond ‘distributing’ information technology in the environment. It aims at creating interactive physical digital products that play a functional role (i.e. become part of) a person’s embodied being‐in‐the- world, involving a person’s identity. It does so by utilizing existing structure and by supporting action ‐perception couplings, reflection in- and on action and autonomy in social coordination. EF opens up an alternative design space holding the promise of a more successful appropriation of interactive (assistive) products into people’s everyday lives. "

Language English
Published in proceedings
Key words embodiment, Interaction Design, Empowerment, Situated Practice

Fenne Verhoeven