‘Design op Maat’ at ‘ZorgIdee 2014′

Posted by Selina Schepers on Friday February 14th 2014 at 10:20

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On February 6, 2014, Social Spaces I CUO presented the ‘Design op Maat’ project at the ‘ZorgIdee 2014′ fair in Diepenbeek (Belgium). Below is a short photo impression of the project presentation:




Thanks for visiting us at the ‘ZorgIdee 2014′ fair!

‘Design op Maat’ and ‘Cultivating Communities Haspengouw’ at Conflict & Design (De Weekkrant 2)

Posted by Selina Schepers on Wednesday December 11th 2013 at 09:45

Several of Social Spaces’ project were featured at the ‘Conflict and Design’ design triennial (15 December 2013 – 9 March 2014, Genk). This article, published in ‘De Weekkrant 2′, mentions ‘Design op Maat‘ and ‘Cultivating Communities Haspengouw‘:


Design op Maat (Bespoke Design) @ D4H2013

Posted by Selina Schepers on Monday July 8th 2013 at 12:00

The 2nd European Conference on Design4Health took place on Wed 3rd – Fri 5th July 2013. Social Spaces presented one of their projects Design op Maat, which is a collaboration with FabLab Genk and concerns the development of open tools for self-managing diabetes. The reactions on the presentation were great: people liked the fact that we develop ‘bespoke‘ tools and that we focus on documentation of meaningful viewpoints. Moreover the audience liked our methodological approach using design games. Take a look at the presentation and also at the project blog (Dutch). The project follows an open philosophy, and is always looking for collaborations. Let us know if you are interested.

Design op Maat: call for participants

Posted by Katrien Dreessen on Monday April 29th 2013 at 09:22

The research group Social Spaces and FabLab Genk invite you to participate in a workshop for the project Bespoke Design (Design op Maat).The project ’s goal is to (re-)design self-management tools for diabetes type 1, specifically focussing on the design of tools and the interactions with these tools.

In this way, the project aims to complement current tools that are predominantly developed from a medical perspective.Self-management in diabetes is of vital importance, but is also very difficult and radical. People often relate diabetes to older people. However, diabetes type 1 it often starts at a young age. Consequently, we value the integration of these tools in a person’s daily life.

How can we redesign the glucose meter for use in public places?
How can we design a modular toolkit for self-management tools in order for people to adjust it to their own needs?How can we design for motivating self-management?
How can we use smart technology to support self-management (sugar supply, remembering to always have the tools at hand, remembering to measure blood sugar level)?

The workshop will take place on May 28th from 11am to 6pm at FabLab Genk.

We provide for sandwiches at lunchtime.

We follow an open philosophy. This means the designs that are developed in the workshop will be shared openly on the blog. By doing so, we want to stimulate other people to re-use everything that is made in FabLab Genk.

If you are interested in participating, please register for May 20th by sending a mail to r designopmaatgenk[AT]gmail.com