Increasing independence of visually impaired swimmers
Guido is a smart swimsuit focused on visually impaired swimmers. During the process, there was a great focus on the user. I loved the fact that I could design for a real client. Together with my group, we had a really user focused approach, and had close contact with our user group. It was an honor to meet a Paralympic gold medal winner and actually design for her. I came to realize how important it is to actually involve the user within design processes. Desktop research can be useful, but I am convinced that going out in the field to see what your user group is facing with is much more valuable. You get social contact, as well as a deeper insight into the needs of your user group. In this way, you can create relevant designs, which is really rewarding for both the user and the designers themselves.