Dr. Jayne Wallace
Craft Futures
Northumbria University, UK

Dr Jayne Wallace is Reader in Craft Futures at Northumbria University, UK. Her work spans digital craft, interaction design and Human-Computer Interaction, focusing on co-creative design practice and the development of physical-digital devices that have social and personal meaning to support wellbeing and sense of self. The ways in which our bodies and the objects that we associate with them (such as jewellery) represent different things about who we are and our relationships with other people have long been a fascination and she makes digital jewellery to explore how we can make things that are personal, beautiful and digitally enabled to give us new ways to understand ourselves and others. In recent years a key focus has been sense of self in dementia and she has worked closely with people who are living with dementia as well as specialist adult mental health units in the National Health Service, UK. She is co-founder (with Joyce Yee) of Praxis and Poetics: Research Through Design conference – an experimental, discursive conference format physically foregrounding the artefacts stemming from design research.

Dr. John Vines
School of Computing Science
Newcastle University, UK

John's training is in product design but his research sits somewhere at the intersections of interaction design, human-computer interaction, gerontology, participatory research, public service design, and philosophy of mind and science and technology studies. Since 2004, he has been conducting design research on the topic of technology for later life and transitions across the life course. This has involved working on a range of projects designing digital technologies and services for and with older people – such as developing tangible and physical interfaces for ‘information appliances’ for later life socialisation, designing banking technologies for those who rely on others to help them with their shopping, and exploring intergenerational voluntary care services with groups of young and old caregivers and recipients.

www.johnvines.eu

Rita Maldonado Branco 

Phd Design, University of Porto, Portugal

Rita is a communication designer currently undertaking a PhD in Design at the University of Porto. She has worked as a graphic designer for Francisco Providência Design Studio in Porto, and for the Design Against Crime Research Centre and Minus 9 Design Studio in London. Rita completed her degree in Design at the University of Aveiro (2008) and graduated with distinction in MA Communication Design from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London (2012) with a project that explored communication design contributions to dementia. Having two people in the family living with Alzheimer’s disease, Rita proposed informative and more empathetic ways of representing dementia, as well as tools to mediate and facilitate the communication between her grandparents and her family. She is now taking this research forward through her PhD, focusing on how design can support the maintenance of social relationships and communication with people with dementia. Strongly influenced by the values of person-centred care, it explores how communication design can enable people with dementia and their close social circle to develop personalised strategies to communicate, with a special focus on leisure and entertainment.

Dr. Helma van Rijn
Founder of LINKX-app

Helma is fascinated by design for difficult-to-reach user groups. As designer, she does creative user research and meaningful design for healthcare and (special) education. She performed various design projects for people with dementia and children with autism. In her projects, she builds a creative understanding of the user group and their (social) context from close contact. In this way, she ensures that the people, pleasure, and usefulness take a central role in design.

In 2012, she defended her dissertation ‘Meaningful Encounters’ at the TU Delft (supervisors prof. dr. Pieter Jan Stappers, prof. Dr. Ina van Berckelaer-Onnes, dr. ir. Froukje Sleewijk Visser). In her phd project, she researched how designers can learn from encounters with children with autism and their caregivers. This contact serves as source of information and inspiration for the design process.

In 2007, she was awarded as best graduate TU Delft with her design LINKX to help children with autism to expand their vocabulary. Her social startup LINKX-app, founded in 2015, aims to bring this further. LINKX consists of interactive wooden tags and an app, that allows you to learn to name anything around you!

This year's event features speakers from design education and research.

Dr. Catherine Stones
School of Design
University of Leeds, UK

Catherine is a lecturer in Graphic Design. She teaches a variety of subjects including information design, digital design and visual communications in general. She is currently Programme Manager for the BA Hons Graphic Design and Visual Communication. She supervises PhD students working in the area of health communication and graphic design as well as projects related to participatory design and information design. She is an AHRC Design Fellow and was Principal Investigator on an AHRC funded project with Public Health England about the use of infographics in engaging public audiences. She also has an interest in illustration and its use in the telling of personal narratives.

Niels Hendriks
Inter-Actions; Social Spaces Research Group
LUCA School of Arts, University of Leuven, Belgium

Niels' interest domains are in participatory design and design for health. During the last years he has worked in research projects together with different industry players, cultural organisations & the social profit sector. He has experience in working in several dementia and design projects both in residential care and home care settings. As a lecturer Niels teaches in the Interaction Design program and in a faculty-wide master course on participatory design and dementia at the LUCA School of Arts (Belgium). 

Niels is working on a Phd research at the University of Leuven focussing on involving persons with dementia in the design process (Supervisor Dr Karin Slegers). He is part of the program committee of the Participatory Design Conferen 2016 in Aarhus, Denmark and has been working in Hong Kong (HKDI DESIS Lab for Social Design Research) and in Denmark (IT University and The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation, Copenhagen).

Andrea Wilkinson
LUCA School of Arts, Inter-Actions Research Group, Belgium
PhD Student: University of Leeds, School of Design, UK

Originally from the American Midwest, since 2001 Andrea’s research has lived under a banner she terms 'The Response(Ability) of a Designer', which explores the use of design research and methodology to enable designers to respond to problems/issues/opportunities regardless of domain or media. For nearly 6 years she worked as Senior Lecturer in Design and Graphic Design Coordinator for the School of Media Arts at the Waikato Institute of Technology in New Zealand before taking up a teaching and research position at LUCA School of Arts in Genk, Belgium where she teaches across the design curriculum and researches within the Interactions/Social Spaces Research Group. She is primarily involved in location-based storytelling and combining design with healcare contexts, one-to-one design and specifically how design can support people with dementia.
Andrea is currently doing her PhD at the University of Leeds, investigating how designing with individuals can enrich the graphic design practice.

Dr. Helma van Rijn
Founder of LINKX-app

Helma is fascinated by design for difficult-to-reach user groups. As designer, she does creative
user research and meaningful design for healthcare and (special) education. She performed various design projects for people with dementia and children with autism. In her projects, she builds a creative understanding of the user group and their (social) context from close contact. In this way, she ensures that the people, pleasure, and usefulness take a central role in design.

In 2012, she defended her dissertation ‘Meaningful Encounters’ at the TU Delft (supervisors
prof. dr. Pieter Jan Stappers, prof. Dr. Ina van Berckelaer-Onnes, dr. ir. Froukje Sleewijk Visser). In her phd project, she researched how designers can learn from encounters with children with autism and their caregivers. This contact serves as source of information and inspiration for the design process.

In 2007, she was awarded as best graduate TU Delft with her design LINKX to help children with autism to expand their vocabulary. Her social startup LINKX-app, founded in 2015, aims to bring this further. LINKX consists of interactive wooden tags and an app, that allows you to learn to name anything around you!

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