Institute of Education


Creativity and crafting with tactile technologies: a different take on accessibility

Start: Dec 13, 2017 12:30 PM
End: Dec 13, 2017 01:30 PM

Location: UCL Knowledge Lab, 23-29 Emerald St, London WC1N 3QS

UCL Knowledge Lab: e-textiles

The tangible nature of e-textile technologies provides new expressive potential for interaction.

Working with a range of people with visual impairments allows this expressive potential to be explored. Using the approach of hands-on maker workshops, we can ask how people with a range of visual impairments can use eTextile technologies to give voice to personal experiences and imagine future technologies.

About the speaker

Janet van der Linden is Professor in Interaction Design at the Open University’s School of Computing and Communications. Her work focuses on new forms of interfaces and how to bring together tangible, technological and social aspects of designs.

She has received funding from NESTA and TSB, and is academic lead on the large, award-winning HEFCE funded MK Smart project on smart cities. Her work takes an in-the-wild approach, with ethnographically inspired research methods and internationally recognised for its innovation with special awards at ACM conferences CHI (2014), Ubicomp (2011, 2012, 2014) and Creativity and Cognition (2015).


This event is open to all and free to attend. Registration is required for those external to UCL, please email Michelle Cannon at m.cannon@ucl.ac.uk.

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