From Stigma to Objects of Desire: Participatory Design of Interactive Jewellery for Deaf Women

  • Patrizia MartiEmail author
  • Michele Tittarelli
  • Matteo Sirizzotti
  • Iolanda Iacono
  • Riccardo Zambon
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering book series (LNICST, volume 265)


Quietude [1] is an EU funded project that aims at creating interactive fashion accessories and jewellery for deaf women to experience and make sense of sounds. Through Participatory Design, a series of prototypes were developed to scaffold design inquiry and develop human-centred solutions. Deaf women and women with different levels of hearing impairment were involved in various activities throughout the design process, from in depth interviews, inspirational workshops, and co-design activities, through to body storming with experienciable prototypes. Each design iteration consolidated the theoretical grounding and the definition of new forms of design support. The latest suite of accessories addresses a number of needs of deaf people, from functional needs like ambient awareness and safety, to hedonic needs like aesthetics, curiosity, possibility to express a personal sense of style when accessorizing the body.


Interactive jewellery Disability Deaf women Co-design Participatory design 



The authors would like to thank the women that joined the workshop and the experimental session and the Siena Art Institute for their precious collaboration. We would like also Simone Guercio for his help in designing the illumination and vibration patterns; Adria Nicula, Alice Comacchio and Elena Ranicchi for their support in conducting the experiments.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Patrizia Marti
    • 1
    Email author
  • Michele Tittarelli
    • 2
  • Matteo Sirizzotti
    • 1
  • Iolanda Iacono
    • 2
  • Riccardo Zambon
    • 1
  1. 1.University of SienaSienaItaly
  2. 2.Glitch Factory S.r.l.ArezzoItaly

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