Ruby Allen BA Industrial Design and Technology, MSc Human Factors for Inclusive Design
Ruby graduated with First Class Honours in Industrial Design and Technology from Loughborough University in 2013. During her undergraduate study, she undertook an industrial placement within a company that designed products to make the lives of people with disabilities easier. Ruby returned to Loughborough to study for her Masters in Human Factors for Inclusive Design, and graduated with Distinction in 2015. She is particularly passionate about inclusive design and design for disability, and much of her work during her BA and MSc courses focused on these.
Ruby was awarded the 2016 Chartered Institute for Ergonomics and Human Factors Ulf Aberg Award for her Masters project that explored the potential for a simulation-based empathic toolkit for designers, to build empathy for people with dementia.
Funded by the AHRC, through the Design Star Centre for Doctoral Training, Ruby has returned to Loughborough Design School once again to study for her PhD, which focuses on designing technology for people living with dementia using participatory design methods.
Ruby is currently undertaking a PhD at Loughborough University, focusing on how participatory design methods can be used to design technology for people living with dementia. The aim of the research is to develop an understanding of the needs of people with dementia, by taking a human-centred design approach and exploring how people with dementia can be involved throughout the design process.
Technology Design for People with Dementia: A Human-Centred Design Approach.
Key areas of expertise: Inclusive Design, Design for Disability, Human Factors Design, Qualitative Methods.