Jo-Anne Bichard

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This paper examines the relationship between stigmatic effects of design of technology products for the older and disabled and contextualizes this within wider social themes such as the functional, social, medical and technology models of disability. Inclusive design approaches are identified as unbiased methods for designing for the wider population that(More)
Changing patterns of domestic life mean that it is increasingly common for people to work away from home for extended periods. Communications technologies are arguably positioned to help repair ensuing emotional disconnects. We are exploring the use of technology to support re-engagement in the quotidian rituals of family life to foster emotional(More)
This paper will report on the findings of The Inclusive Design of Away from Home Toilets in City Centres research that ran from September 2003 until August 2006. The project was one of seven work packages that formed the VivaCity 2020 research consortium, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). The research's central aim(More)
Mobile living and working has become a feature of everyday experience and interaction with others, mediated by digital, Internet-enabled technology. Such patterns of interaction in 'mobile lives' pose new opportunities and challenges for people and societies. We argue that design-led inquiry has a potentially transformative role to play in addressing these(More)
Changing patterns of both work-related mobility and do-mestic arrangements mean that 'mobile workers' face chal-lenges to support and engage in family life whilst travelling for work. Phatic devices offer some potential to provide connection at a distance alongside existing communications infrastructure. Through a bespoke design process, incorpo-rating(More)
Viewing the mobile telephone as a networked material, we demonstrate the ways in which we have used it to make Research Products for the "Family Rituals 2.0" inquiry of families separated by work. Drawing from a diversity of sources we survey and deconstruct the phone as a material that can be worked to a vast range of technical effects, extended by(More)
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