At the start, both women denied having mobility issues.
During our visits, we started to notice their difficulty getting out of soft seating, like lounge chairs or couches.
We mentioned this observation. Both participants told stories of peers who paid to have couches raised, or who avoided soft seating entirely.
Eliminating Uncertainty + Strengthening Identity
Even if one person customizes their own soft seating, they cannot depend on their friends’ chairs or restaurant chairs when they go out.
Luther and I set out to create a mobility tool that helps people exit soft seating, no matter where they are.
For the women, their monthly calendars are proud symbols of the vibrancy of their social lives. So we moved forward with a design that transforms the calendar into a discrete, beautiful “Spring Up.”
Co-Designing and Prototyping
The Spring Up--named by one of our partners--allows the user to confidently exit soft seating, wherever their social life goes.
With Luther Young III, Spring 2015