Older adults with AMD as co-designers of an assistive mobile application

Lilit Hakobyan, Jo Lumsden, Dympna O'Sullivan

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In the UK, 20% of people aged 75 years and over are living with sight loss and age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of sight loss in the UK, impacting nearly 10% of those over 80; regrettably, these fgures are expected to increase in coming decades as the population ages (RNIB, 2012). This paper reports on the authors' design activities conducted for the purpose of informing the development of an assistive self-monitoring, ability-reactive technology (SMART) for older adults with AMD. The authors refect on their experience of adopting and adapting the PICTIVE (Plastic Interface for Collaborative Technology Initiatives through Video Exploration) participatory design approach (Muller, 1992) to support effective design with and for their special needs user group, refect on participants' views of being part of the process, and discuss the design themes identifed via their PD activities.

Original languageEnglish
Article number4
Pages (from-to)54-70
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Mobile Human Computer Interaction
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014

Bibliographical note



  • age-related macular degeneration (AMD)
  • mobile assistive technology
  • older adults
  • participatory design
  • user-centered design (UCD)


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