open design communties as driver for inclusive wellbeing

DESIGN FOR (EVERY)ONE

Design for (every)one (D4E1) is a micro living lab at the Howest university college, originated at the intersection of industrial product design and occupational therapy. The lab implements open-ended design principles within the context of design for wellbeing. Our goal is to help minorty groups through open design to meet their social needs resulting from working conditions, education, community development, and health. The advent of networked computers and digital fabrication make it feasible that individuals which mainly fall out of the mainstream can produce or adapt their own unique tools.


A new generation of makers and healthcare professionals are seizing this opportunity by producing one of a kind product adaptations in people’s homes, sheltered workshops and rehabilitation centers. Although future healthcare policies are encouraging to effectively engaged people in the collaborative maintenance of their own health there is little known on the dynamics of these common-based approaches and how professional designers can help to infrastructure them.

Do-It-Yourself Assistive Technology

TRAINING MAKERSKILLS FOR OT

In this unique postgraduate course for occupational therapists you will learn to adapt and tailor products to the specific needs of the individual client, you will discover traditional and new materials and you will be introduced to techniques such as 3D printing and laser cutting.

In this training you learn by doing. You work out lifelike cases yourself, so that after 3 semesters you are completely ready to make your own as well as to work efficiently with makers.

DATABASE DIY-AT

Over the last 10 years, the D4E1 research group from the University College of West Flanders (Howest) has conducted 150 participatory design case studies on do-it -yourself assistive technology ( DIY-AT).

Set up in local contexts and built around the meaningful activities of individual people. You can find the results of these products within our repository. All of them are licenced under creative commons and can be rebuild for non-commercial activities.

FOCUS

EDUCATION

Community Service Learning

RESEARCH

Responsive Prototyping

SERVICES

Tools, Lab and Training

NEWS

CREATIVITY WEEK

D4E1 curated "Tommorrow Collectives". Come and visit us at the Depart in Kortrijk from till 23-27 October.

MAKERSKILLS FOR OT

Proud to announce our unique post graduate programme for maker/occupational therapists.

KUBO X

KUBO X from Industrial Designer Jelle Aarts for Afrodidact is in production and soon will be used in The Gambia!

FRAGILITAS

D4E1 curated the wonderful fragilitas expo. Come and visit us at the La Boverie in Liège from till 25 november.

MAKERHEALTH

Join our exciting research project on medical fablabs and frugal innovation. New info session on 20 November.

ACTUAL P

Actual P from Industrial Designer Janwit Changsura and Occupational Therapist Marlies Ruysschaert wins Cera-award 2018!

CONTACT

  • Adress: Howest Industrial Design Center - Marksesteenweg 58 - 8500 Kortrijk - Belgium

  • Phone: +32 [0]56 24 12 11

  • Mail: lieven.de.couvreur@howest.be