Sinead O’Shaughnessy


ShopForward


The aim of this project is to develop a system to enhance the clothes shopping experience for the visually impaired. Interest in this research arose from architectural studies on the visual nature of constructed space, working with the senses and familiarity with assistive technologies. The process involved the participation of visually impaired individuals from the beginning through to end. The research methods consisted of interviews, surveys and first hand observations. The resulting concept sketches, ideas and prototypes address the difficulties that were identified through the research. Difficulties are encountered both online and in store and the resulting prototypes try to address this, by providing a solution which is both cost effective and practical. The Apple iPhone was recognized for its accessibility and the designs acknowledge the potential of this device. The results show that a few simple considerations in store and online can have a significant impact on the experience of the visually impaired shopper. It also shows that this can be achieved by utilising existing and emerging technologies.

Sinead O’Shaughnessy