DESIGN + STIGMA

2014, The Netherlands, Design Academy Eindhoven

Looking at the challenges faced by the ageing population I focused on one key problem of daily life that can negatively impact many other aspects, a pivotal factor contributing to mental well-being and quality of life.

Practical solutions exist in the form of adult diapers, but these do nothing to address the emotional side of this com- mon problem. By developing washable protective underwear for women suffer- ing from mild incontinence I questioned the stigma of the daily living aid and how designers could re-design the experi- ence of an aid, contributing to a persons well-being. This topic was approached through inclusive design principles im- plementing an active participatory methodology.