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UX for senior citizens

UX for senior citizens

Living Lab research team gave presentations on UX for senior citizens to the UX Group of Melbourne (55 attended).

User Experience Design for older adults is a topic of growing importance. Sonja Pedell is an Associate Professor at the School of Design at Swinburne University of Technology, and has also worked in UX and User-Centred Design consultancy. Sonja, with other members of the Future Self and Design Living Lab, ran this session of lightning talks about methods that they developed and use in their research and design projects when designing technology-supported solutions with and for older adults. 

The brief presentations emphasised what worked and what did not work when co-designing with older adults across a range of different projects. The focus of the talks was on how methods should give older adults a strong voice in the design process and enable them to express their goals and emotions in order to steer design decisions. The team was accompanied by Kira the humanoid robot, who has been playing a facilitating role between technology and people in some of the projects.

The presenters from the Future Self and Design Living Lab at the Centre for Design Innovation, Swinburne University of Technology, were: 

• Sonja Pedell (Introduction designing with older adults)

• Alen Keirnan (Co-evaluating user emotions with animations)

• Michael Lo Bianco (Life goals as drivers for fall prevention)

• Jeanie Beh (Interest-based touchscreen IT training)

• Angeline Mayasari (Mediating emotions in intergenerational communication)

• Nicole Symington (Intergenerational storytelling in the VR Cube: Sharing places) 


Interesting questions by the audience which consisted of UX professionals, researchers and older adults involved in Swinburne's research projects included:

Will the technological knowledge gap between younger and older people close soon?

Is the participant sample you work with not very selective in that they are interested in technology use?

How can research support older adults to manage steps with arthritic knees better?

Dr. Sonja Pedell

Assoc. Professor, Director - Future Self and Design Living Lab, & Interaction Design for the Ageing  Sonja Pedell is an Associate...

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Dr. Alen Keirnan

Evaluation, Design Research and Co-design, RMIT  We have not yet reached a state of equality in our world. Design and Design research is one way...

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