Participation and Direction in Designing Prosthetic Hands

Creative Innovation Across Disciplines Seminar Series

photo of Hands of X pigeon holes
Seminars

This seminar is part of the School of Art & Design's Creative Innovation Across Disciplines Seminar Series and will be presented by Grahan Pullin, Reader in Disability-led Design at DJCAD, University of Dundee and author of the manifesto Design Meets Disability. The seminar will discuss the project Hands of X which is an exploration how materials might reposition a prosthetic hand as a Super Normal object.

  • From: Wednesday 4 July 2018, 12 pm
  • To: Wednesday 4 July 2018, 2 pm
  • Location: Newton 21, Nottingham Trent University, 50 Shakespeare Street, Nottingham, NG1 4FQ

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Abstract

Hands of X is an exploration how materials might reposition a prosthetic hand as a Super Normal object: neither attempting to pass or to draw attention, reflecting a stance of 'no triumph, no tragedy' that many disabled people hold. Early workshops with wearers and makers eventually led to an experience prototype of a speculative service within an eyewear retailer. We are currently exploring the viability of this service in relation to the NHS. Wearers choose from a material palette (or seasonal collection). This involves a balance - and some tensions - between individual choice and creative direction, between participatory design and fashion design. As the project has evolved, we have found our focus shifting from the materials themselves, to meaningful choice, to feelings of ownership. And each reframing has recast the roles of participation and direction.

Biography

Graham Pullin is Reader in Disability-led Design at DJCAD, University of Dundee and author of the manifesto Design Meets Disability (The MIT Press, 2009). He co-founded the Social Digital academic grouping combining interaction design, product design and interior and environmental design. Alongside Hands of X, his research is also exploring more nuanced communication with people who use text-to-speech technology, and exploring hearing aids that are unashamedly hearing aids. Previously, Graham was a studio head at the design consultancy IDEO, leading multidisciplinary teams on projects as diverse as commercial Vodafone Simply phones for people in their 40s and 50s, concept hearing–enabling furniture for the HearWear exhibition at the V&A Museum, London, and the critical design project Social Mobiles that was exhibited in Tokyo, Ars Electronica and MoMA.

Further Information

The seminar will be hosted by Dr Amanda Briggs-Goode, Head of Fashion Textiles and Knitwear, and will consist of a talk in Newton 21 (City Campus) followed by questions and discussion. This event is free to attend and registration is not required.

Refreshments will be available at 12 pm, and the talk will begin at 12:30 pm.

For any queries, please contact Dr Iryna Kuksa

Photo Credit: Hands of X

Location details

Address:

Nottingham Trent University
50 Shakespeare Street
Nottingham
NG1 4FQ

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