Paper Street View (2015)

Paper Street View was something I made for my PhD. It was designed as a social activity for older people living with dementia in care environments. Given the emotional connection many older residents had to particular places in their lives, the aim was to create an activity that allowed them to actively explore and share their experiences of the local area. In response to my work with older people with dementia, I wanted to advocate more active kinds of interaction that could be shared between residents and staff and in service of everyone getting to know each other better, by sitting in a relaxed way around an actual paper map.


PhD Project



Paper Street View: A Guided Tour of Design and Making Using Comics. Thomas Dykes, Jayne Wallace, Mark Blythe, and James Thomas. Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS '16), 334–346. DOI:

RtD Comics: A Medium for Representing Research Through Design. Thomas Dykes, Mark Blythe, Jayne Wallace, James Thomas, and Tim Regan. Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS '16), 971–982. DOI:

Reframing older people with dementia in design: Revealing the realities of care environment through the design of physical digital artefacts for meaningful moments. Thomas Dylan. PhD Thesis, Northumbria University. Download (PDF, 713mb).