Designing for Dignity received the Norwegian Young Talent Award 2013 (first place). The ceremony took place in Oslo the 17th of April, 2013 and was sponsored by the Norwegian Design Council.
For more information about the award and the project, watch this press release by TV2 (only in Norwegian).
Click here to go to the INDEX Award nomination site
The INDEX: Award is the biggest design award in the world with a €500,000 prize. With this project, we designed solutions that dignify the medico-legal process a victim goes through after a sexual assault.
By co-creating with victims of sexual crimes, the medical and legal care teams, social workers and designers they have come up with suggestions to improve a victims’ path to recovery: A blanket that secures DNA traces after an assault by giving comfort and support; A customized education system with easy language, graphics and a "wise friend" tone; Architectural and design guidelines for sexual assault medical centers, which gives a form/space to the victims’ needs.
We intend to understand a complex field -sexual violence- using design methods. This project is based on personal interviews and workshops with the people that work daily in preventing sexual crimes and helping victims with medical, counseling and legal recovery. We want to challenge ourselves in applying our design skills into a complete new area for us, where our main tool at the beggining will be our ears. We will learn from the experts that work with this every day, compare different perspectives from different stakeholders and find potential design opportunities.
Sexual violence is a taboo subject today, and that makes it specially difficult to fully understand the whole picture. We will base our investigation upon real insights of people that work with this field together with victims. We want to find implementable solutions that are co-designed by the key actors and facilitated by us. No country escapes from sexual violence and it is common in all that these crimes are rarely reported. We want to set an example in “safe Norway”, like one of our stakeholders said, by responding to this crime with dignity and giving the control back to the victims; the control that was stolen from them during the assault.
Systems Oriented Design will help us grasp the holistic overview to spot design opportunities that in this case will translate into organizational design, spacial design, information design and emotional journeys. We want to provide to the incredible people that work with this difficult topic every day, a voice through visualizing their efforts so they can show victims how the response system is and hopefully encourage them to get help and not remain in silence. That’s the first step.
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Project done by:
Manuela Aguirre Ulloa
Jan Kristian Strømsnes
Designing for Dignity by Manuela Aguirre and Jan Kristian Strømsnes is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.