open design communties as driver for wellbeing


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 community-based processes and how professional designers can take part of them.



Community Service Learning


Responsive Prototyping


Tools, Lab and Training



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


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


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


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 .


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