A Participatory Design Approach with Visually Impaired People for the Design of an Art Exhibition
International Journal of Sociotechnology and Knowledge Development (IJSKD)
Special Issue: Embracing Diversity with Help of Technology and Participatory Design
This paper describes the participatory design (PD) approach adopted in systematically involving visually impaired people in the design of an art exhibition adapted to their needs. This exhibition will be the outcome of a publicly-funded research project aiming at making visual art accessible to everyone: specifically (but not exclusively) to visually impaired people, in an objective of social inclusion. This paper presents the research done to elicit, capture and analyse the needs of visually impaired people who are the active actors of this research. The aim of the paper is to trigger discussion about both the necessity and difficulty of elaborating relevant techniques in this empirical and open-ended approach, and what is meant by participation in this particular setting.