Dr Timothy Neate

Research Fellow - Centre for HCI Design

Co-Designing MakeWrite: An App to Enable People with Language Impairments to Engage in Creative Writing

Creative activities allow people to express themselves in rich, nuanced ways. However, being creative does not always come easily. For example, people with speech and language impairments, such as aphasia, face challenges in creative activities that involve language. In this presentation, I will describe work from the INCA Project, discussing the co-design of MakeWrite – an iPad App.

MakeWrite was co-designed with four people with aphasia, to enable people with diverse language needs to engage in creative writing. In designing MakeWrite the co-design team took inspiration from blackout poetry and considered how it might be automated through technology to support people with and without language impairments in novel language creation. I then will describe a poetry creation workshop run to evaluate the app and conclude with a reflection on the potential of technology-supported constrained creativity as a means of empowering expression amongst users with diverse needs.

About the speaker:

Dr Timothy Neate is a Research Fellow at the Centre for HCI Design, City, University of London. He works on the INCA project, which aims to make content creation more accessible to people with aphasia, a language difficulty typically following a stroke. He is broadly interested in making the creation and consumption of digital content easier, more enjoyable and more broadly accessible to diverse user groups. His research has seen him working on understanding and designing attention when watching TV with a mobile device, designing tangible and tactile devices, creating auditory displays and – more recently – co-designing content creation tools (such as creative writing applications) with people with aphasia. For more information see tneate.co.uk.

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