Prayers and photos by Bill Gaver

Listen to Bill Gaver’s talk at our ESRC seminar Translational practices and the operationality of universal design.


“In this talk, I describe the Prayer Companion and Photostroller, two systems our studio has recently produced for older people. These emerged through a design-led engagement involving ethnographic observations, studies based on our Cultural Probes approach, the development of design workbooks, and the production of highly-finished prototypes used in field trials lasting years. Based on our experiences, I suggest that we need not be overprotective towards older people, that successful designs may be based on providing resources rather than delivering experiences, and that when thinking about ‘older people’ the stress should be on ‘people’ rather than ‘older’.”