Design as a Collaborative Process: A Systematic and Constructive Model for Developing Play Material for Blind/Visually Impaired Pre-School Children

DS 30: Proceedings of DESIGN 2002, the 7th International Design Conference, Dubrovnik

Year: 2002
Editor: Marjanovic D.
Author: Evyapan, N. A. G. Z.
Section: Multidisciplinary aspects of design
Page(s): 749-754


This paper discusses a design process lived through, during the application of a model derived from design methodology and devised towards attaining a particular task. The task was: Designing a play system to contribute to the pre-school blind child’s development of object permanence, sense of self, and spatial concepts. The model employed was based on a systematic and constructive framework towards ensuring consciously made decisions. The paper also discusses the field-testing in play situations of the system that was the outcome of this model. The model was illustrative of the fact that, design, a creative act in itself, is simultaneously a collaborative process involving the methods, strategies and knowledge of interdisciplinary network.

Keywords: Design process, Design model, Blindness/Visual Impairment, Play


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