Progressive design for/with people with severe brain injury
Design research often concentrates on the translation process from the knowledge gathered to the final design. Methodological dilemmas can arise on how to undertake participatory or other forms of ‘progressive design’ so that the end results will be beneficial for those involved. Seldom are the various data collection scenarios studied closely as interaction situations in which the material and social setup serves as an ‘apparatus’ through which certain results are achieved. However, sometimes the core people in a design process have difficulty in participating by any means. This is the case with people with severe brain injury that the present paper concentrates on. The claim is that, in spite of often taking the design communication for granted, the acceptance of innovative and creative methods in the field makes it possible to explore intuition and hunches - especially those experienced by family members - as valid forms of intersubjectivity. The paper discusses the implications of the basic idea of intersubjectivity for translatory multimodal data collection and continuously developing organizational practices in a soon to be opened care home / ’living lab’.