Prototype of VIP World Website

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VIP World is a service for you to enhance the digital platform of your company, web or mobile, to meet the requirements of visually impaired people by co-designing with the VIP World Community based in the UK.

Prototypes of Co-design Sessions

UAL Website Inclusivity Testing

Video Recordings

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Desktop Website Testing performed by Michael, Sozi and Sebastian
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Mobile Website Testing performed by Kazeem

Digital catapult space accessibility testing

Video Recordings

Testing the staircase area
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Checking safety measures and danger points
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Testing desk area and day to day essential space movements

NHS Health center for space accessibility

NHS Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group wanted to test the site accessibility for a healthcentre. The United Reformed Church, East Dulwich Grove, SE22 8RH is going to be renovated as a new health center in the area. The NHS researchers were organised a workshop on 8th November at the church to empathize with the needs of different demographics. The objective of the workshop was:

  • To look at the interior design including color schemes and finishes for floors and walls.

  • To make sure that the building is as accessible as possible for those with physical and sensory needs and those with dementia. 

The United Reformed Church Entrance

Workshop with Participants

The workshop was well planned with a team of experienced researchers facilitating the process. The audience comprised of a diverse group of professionals and service users. (30- 40 people) Most of them being senior citizens. The organizer did not consent to click photographs and will not be sharing any pictures because part of the group did not want to be clicked.

 

The presenter demonstrated the floor plan, location of the different departments and the various services that are going to be in the facility. The design of the space was based on a separate color code for each department in the health center. So, 6 departments will have 6 different colors. The participation from the audience was great as the queries and questions ranged from all perspectives.

 

Learnings from the Workshop

1. The workshop organizers do not have an understanding of the interpretation ability of the visually impaired. 

 

2. The organizers had designed the prototype space model without analyzing and understanding the needs of the users. The good part was that in the workshop, they were testing their design. The audience was vocal on giving feedback on all of the aspects. 

 

3. The organizers did not brainstorm or plan for the visually impaired. The response from the presenter lacked thought. It was important for me as a Service Designer to sensitive and promote the interests of the visually impaired people I was representing. But, it has to be done in a gentle way.

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Profiles of VIP

Michael Johnsson

Age - 56 years 

Gender - Male

 

Originally from Jamaica

Worked as a Caterer for 15 years 

Fit and popularly known as the Muscleman among his friends

 

Area Living Currently - Vauxhall

 

Area Comfortable to Travel for Work - Anywhere in London, Easily uses public transport, including the bus service, tube network and overground

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Medical Condition of the Eye -  Diabetes made the eyesight very weak. 

In 2014, I started losing my eyesight. I went through diabetes classes.

During an incident in 2014, I lost one eye because of an accident. Was wearing a contact lens and the accident damaged the eye. Many operations took place and I gained a little vision. I cannot take the focussed light on me at all. So, wear sunglasses everywhere I go.

 

Skills -

Technical: NVDA (6/10), JAWS (5/10)                

Life: Practising Gym Trainer (6/10)

Communication Skills: English Speaker, Outgoing

 

To schedule a testing session with Michael, please click on the button 

Patrick Braichwchet

Age - 51 years 

Gender - Male

Originally from the Caribbean

Hard working and composed

 

Area Living Currently - New Cross

 

Area Comfortable to Travel for Work - 5 miles radius to New Cross in London. Needs to be arranged a cab service to travel independently. 

 

Medical Condition of the Eye -  He lost his eyesight because of Glaucoma in 2010

So, he can recognize things with the memory of shapes in my mind. 

 

He keeps himself engaged from Monday to Friday. He also participates in Jenesis radio station from time to time. In other days, he goes to Seniors Lodge in Stanstead Road to play drums.

 

Skills -

Technical: NVDA (8/10), JAWS (7/10)                

Life: Befriending Volunteer 

Communication Skills: English Speaker, Confident Orator

 

To schedule a testing session with Patrick, please click on the button 

Pitch in London

UAL Pitch It competition, held in CSM, Nov 2018

Digital Catapult Pitch Jan 2019

London Design fringe festival Pitch October 2018

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Click on the picture to see the pitch video

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