Swedish design has a history of making things designed to make life easier: the Celsius thermometer, the modern-day zipper, and Skype.
A recent exhibition titled “Design for Dignity” at the National Design Centre showcased made-in-Sweden products that’s designed to improve the quality of life for individuals living with various types of disabilities.
1. Tetra Pak SRA packages: The next-gen packet drink
Thanks to the revolutionary paper-based packaging system Tetra Pak, we no longer carry milk in cumbersome glass bottles.
Now the creators have taken the iconic packaging’s design further, by adding ergonomic closures that’s easy to handle.
Developed in collaboration with the Swedish Rheumatism Association (SRA), which is recognised in the packaging industry as an authority in the assessment of product functionality, the SRA package design take into account the needs of people with reduced hand function, such young children or adults affected by injury or rheumatism.
2. Fia Touch: Inclusive fun and games
One of the world’s oldest games, Ludo is similar to Chinese “aeroplane chess” or the Indian game of Pachisi. The aim of Ludo is to be the first to get all four of your playing pieces around the board and safely to the centre.
On display at the exhibition was Fia Touch, a Ludo game set designed to bring the game to children of all abilities. The game board has submerged pockets help to hold the pieces in place, while the grip-friendly playing pieces have raised pattern markings for people with impaired vision to identify pieces by touch instead of colour.
3. SEM Glove: When you need a helping hand
Soft extra muscles is what SEM stand for. The SEM gloves are a strength-enhancing and muscle-relieving wearable aid for people with impaired arm function.
The glove mimics the human hand, using artificial tendons, motors and sensors and some very clever software. They give the user more strength to carry and hold on to objects longer and more easily.