In co-design, those impacted by the proposed design are actively involved as partners in the design process. Co-design approaches are increasingly being applied within government, community and health sectors to extend traditional consultation methods and increase programme impact. The corporate sector is also recognising the potential for co-design to offer new ways to engage both internal stakeholders and customers, as well as identify new service opportunities and improve existing ones.
Co-design methods go beyond traditional market and user research techniques such as interviews, focus groups and observation. Co-design techniques include visual, designerly tools and activities such collage, scenarios, mapping, sketching and prototyping with users. Co-design is often used to drive and inform design.
We are happy to talk through any of the following aspects of co-design with you:
- Frequently used co-design methods and the principles behind them
- The benefits and risks of taking a co-design approach
- How co-design methods might fit into your future projects
- Props and tools you need in your co-design workshop toolkit
Who should attend
In this context, co-design is aimed at anyone with an interest in using creative and participatory methods to better understand the lives and contexts of people aged 50+ and to engage them in the design process. It will be particularly relevant to organisations looking for ways to engage users to ensure services and programmes; products and technologies are designed in ways relevant, meaningful and effective for those users. It will also be valuable to those looking to foster a more collaborative design process internally or with clients and stakeholders.