Wayshowing System

Client: Selfinitiated
Date: 2021
Created together with Klara Weber, social worker

Free to use in housings for people with dementia
or in your own home. Download is possible soon.

The goal is to find ways of communication that enable people with dementia to cope with everyday life more easily.  Basically, visual design for people with dementia requires going back to the social and socio-cultural past of the individual, but also of the social generation itself. 

With the help of design we also intended to simplify the work between staff/family and patients. This can be understood as designing the orientation system in such a way that information can be understood quickly and easily by people with dementia.

Signs & Symbols

If you design pictograms for people with dementia it’s important to go back in time and research what symbols where in use back then. People with demenitia mostly remember there first 25 years of life.  

Back then, the symbol for toilets we use nowadays where not in use then. The men and women toilet symbol does not show what is behind the door, we had to learn it. Nothing about the sign tells you: this is a toilet. So how would people suffering from dementia know what it means?   We have to show exactly what we are trying to communicate.

Zu wissen wo ich bin, wo ich mich befinde, ist die Voraussetzung dafür, wohin ich mich zu bewegen habe, so oder so.


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