Design the Future
January 19–20, 2016: Training
January 20–22, 2016: Conference
San Francisco, CA

Codesigning a better shoe-shopping experience with elders

Danielle Latman (Lextant), Sapna Singh (The Ohio State University)
2:05pm Thursday, 01/21/2016
Design for a greater good
Location: Generals Residence Dining
Average rating: ***..
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Through a design studio at the Ohio State University, a team of graduate design, business, and occupational therapy students worked with a group of five residents at a senior living facility to codesign a new shoe-shopping experience. Danielle Latman and Sapna Singh summarize the team’s insight into both the elders’ current shoe-shopping experience and their ideal experience and share the process prototype they developed. Attendees will learn about the growing 65+ population, the theory and practice of codesign, and the value of working in a collaborative multidisciplinary team.

Danielle and Sapna begin with background information into the growing 65+ demographic and provide supporting statistics as well as information about the needs and issues of this growing group. After introducing the codesign process and explaining why the team selected the topic of clothing, and shoe shopping in particular, they will discuss how the team implemented this research method with the elder codesigners, challenges they faced with this new (to them and us) method, and recommendations for future work and research using this method.

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Danielle Latman


Danielle Latman is a design researcher at the consulting firm Lextant in Columbus, Ohio. In May 2015, she earned an MBA with a focus on design research and strategy from the Ohio State University. She has over 10 years of writing, editing, and project management experience. Danielle’s strengths are empathy and intellect, which she harnesses to improve user and customer experiences.

Sapna Singh

The Ohio State University

Sapna Singh is currently a student in the MFA program at the Ohio State University specializing in design research and development. Her research is focused on exploring the future of graduate design education and its value. For the last 12 years, Sapna has been working in human-centered design and has extensive experience in design research and strategy for retail environments, consumer products, automobiles, web-based applications, and learning technology.