Older People as Equal Partners in Creative Design

  • Helena Sustar
  • Sara Jones
  • Andy Dearden
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7946)


Active older people want to be actively engaged by contributing their experiences to design better services and products. This paper demonstrates the importance of older peoples engagement in the creative design process in a small study where older people were engaged together with designers in the design of digital devices. Three creative workshops were conducted: the first with designers, the second with designers and older people, and the third with older people only. During the illumination stage of the creative process flexibility and flow were measured with topics and turns. Results show that when older people were working with designers more topics and a higher total number of turns were developed than by older people or designers working on their own, which indicates that they had the highest flexibility of ideas and possibly also the greatest flow.


Older People Creative process Creativity Flexibility Flow 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Helena Sustar
    • 1
  • Sara Jones
    • 2
  • Andy Dearden
    • 1
  1. 1.User Centred Healthcare DesignSheffield Hallam UniversitySheffieldGreat Britain
  2. 2.Centre for Human Computer Interaction DesignCity University LondonGreat Britain

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