Co-design project

Designing with
people having autism

Co-design workshop with residents, caretakers and designers.
Team members
Amalie Talli Martelli Panton
Regitze Breddal Puck
Co-design workshop with residents, caretakers and designers.
In collaboration with a residential accommodation for adults with autism in a municipality in Copenhagen, the team conducted a series of co-design workshops together with the residents and the caretakers. The research area was twofold: On one hand, we focused on how to design for people having autism. On the other hand, we also focused on how to design with people having autism. Thus, examined how to support people with autism in participating in co-designing. The outcome of the project was both design guidelines to guide designers and researchers in future work, and recommendations for how to engage this group of people during the design process.
A glimpse into the process
The project consisted of three co-design workshops. The main objective of the workshops was to explore the future of everyday activities of adults with autism. The workshops involved various activities, from persona creation to tangible solutions for exploring future possibilities. In general, the workshops had a high focus on using visual probes. Rather than introducing props that included a lot of text and demanded any writing, the props were designed with illustrations supporting visual communication. An example of this is the scenarios following the persona, Anton. The scenarios were visualized similar to a comic strip, thus only contained guiding text to support the story. In addition, trigger questions were given to start trigger the idea generation of tangible solutions.
Scenario of the persona Anton, visualized as a comic strip. Trigger questions were given to start ideagenerating tangible solutions.
To create the persona, Anton, homemade paper dolls were used as a tool for visualizing the personas that were created in groups of caretakers. By using paper dolls, the participants avoided drawing themselves, instead they became inspired by the material at the center of the table.
Homemade paper dolls was used to trigger persona generation.