Here is a selection of 'research-through-design', reflecting my longstanding interest in the human experience of our designed world and its ethical dimensions.
The Photosorter console enables pupils with mixed special needs to express views about how photos taken of them or by them at school are handled for display.
This design forms part of a prototype system, developed with in partnership with a local Special Educational Needs (SEN) school for a case study. The study was conducted as part of the Social Inclusion in the Digital Economy (SiDE) project, setting out to explore potential applications of digital photography to support interpersonal expression in a mixed ability classroom.
The console design was informed by insights from creative workshops (the research team conducted with pupils and staff), which guided the endeavour to support: ‘giving voice’ to pupils with a broad range of complex special (physical, cognitive, emotional, learning) needs; collaborative storytelling around photos and groupware; and ensuring staff arbitration of media handling. The console supports the creation of audio-recorded annotations by both pupils and staff that can be attached to photo prints for wall display in the school. A field evaluation generated inclusive design considerations for supporting interpersonal expression in and beyond the SEN setting.