Hanna af Ekström's thesis.
The image shows an example of ideation within the design method Senzalise where participants explore senses such as taste, smell, sound, and touch with the aim of getting new perspectives regarding accessibility.
Photo: Johannes Romppanen

Sense making design methods

Research project
Active research
Project owner
HDK-Valand – Högskolan för konst och design

Short description

My research area is about how able-bodiedness is reproduced in design. I have a background as a disability rights activist who has influenced the theoretical input of the research in many ways, which is a combination of critical disability studies and universal design. The purpose of my research is to broaden the perspectives on how we today look at the concept of accessibility in design and architecture. In the research, I use artistic design methods linked to the different senses, and I am inspired by audio interpretation.

I develop the design methods within the research project TINK (Accessible, Norm-Critical stormwater Solutions) who aim to include
stormwater solutions with social values, biodiversity, and accessibility combined with technological innovation.