Photo - Scrabble (2016)
Photo - Scrabble allows people with dementia in care to connect with the wider world through photos sourced from a variety of sites including Flickr and Geograph. It consists of a slowly changing slideshow that changes when you make words with bespoke Scrabble tiles on an accompanying tile holder. I wanted to create a familiar, exploratory and tactile way for people to connect with this content. There is no right or wrong, you can place the letters upside down, they automatically snap into the correct location on the holder and the slideshow continues no matter what. Photo - Scrabble is not prescribed by a particular approach and has an element of randomness that is designed to connect people with a range of content.
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).