Title: Dilemmas as Invitations
Type of work: Co-design / visual dialogue tool (design game)
Date: November 2010 – January 2011
Extent of the project: 10 weeks, full-time
For ten weeks, Sofie Holm Larsen and I worked with dilemmas in relation to Alzheimer’s, and co-designed — with the project’s stakeholders — seven design games. We framed this co‑design project to be about dilemmas as invitations rather than as problems. Our final prototype is the Dilemma Game: A game targeted primarily at relatives of Alzheimer’s patients with the purpose of staging a dialogue that can help people deal with the difficult scenarios and questions they will eventually face.
Upon completion, Janssen AI licensed the rights to the work.
When playing the Dilemma Game, you create a personal reflection journey by asking a dilemma question and choosing an answer. The purpose of the game is neither winning nor losing; the challenge revolves around choices, options, and progress.
The outcome of the ten intense weeks was a box containing six different designs on how to ease the life with Alzheimer’s. The three tutors and ten students — myself included — who partook in the project, used the group as a bank of knowledge and as a room for discussion. After the project had come to an end, the university decided to publish a book on the project named: ‘Six Views in a Box: Dialogues on everyday life with Alzheimer’s’. Every student co‑wrote a chapter in the book.
Seven prototypes were made during the project. Each time we revised a prototype, it was on the basis of things that we had learnt during a game playing session or a workshop that we facilitated. The dilemmas are all stories told to us by actual people dealing with Alzheimer’s. Collaboration and authenticity were key elements in the project. Throughout the process we played the games with, among others, Lene and Bent, who were both close relatives of Alzheimer’s patients.