Skeuomorphic Reassurance: Personhood, Dementia, and Gerontechnology

  title={Skeuomorphic Reassurance: Personhood, Dementia, and Gerontechnology},
  author={David Kreps and Oliver K. Burmeister and Jessica Blaynee},
This paper introduces the concept of ‘skeomorphic reassurance’ as a guiding principle for human interfaces in technological development and design, particularly for older people and people with dementia (PwD). Skeuomorphs exhibit decorative design elements reminiscent of ‘parent’ objects that incorporated such design elements because they were structurally integral. Human interfaces adopted by new technologies need to be carefully balanced between novelty and recognisability. The philosophy of… CONTINUE READING


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