Designed with Dementia Pop-Up Shop

From 20 to 23 June 2019, we opened a “Designed with Dementia” Pop-Up shop in St. Enoch’s Centre, Glasgow exhibiting and selling a wide range of products collaboratively designed with people living with dementia.

The Designed with Dementia project, led by Paul Rodgers and Euan Winton shows how design can play a key role in empowering people living with dementia in their improved decision making, social interaction and personal achievements whilst supporting those individuals to work as part of a larger creative collective.

Items for sale include T-shirts, tote bags, mugs, coasters, aprons, ties and pencil cases.

Workshop participants worked on the designs for all the items which included creating artwork, making decisions on scale, repeat patterns and materials and communications. In the design, manufacture, exhibition, and dissemination of the designed objects we show that people living with dementia have much to offer to society and we hope to change public thinking about what is possible post-diagnosis.

“Designed with Dementia provides a perfect platform to see what people living with dementia are capable of through their creative work.”

The pop-up shop is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

About paulrodgersdesign

I am Professor of Design Issues at Northumbria University School of Design. I hold undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Design from Middlesex University,London, and a PhD in Product Design Assessment from the University of Westminster, London. My research explores the discipline of design and how disruptive design interventions can enact positive change in health and social care and elsewhere.

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