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Patrizia D'Olivo

Patrizia D'Olivo

PhD Student
Designing Tactful Objects: A Research Through Design Approach to Sensitive Settings
Phone +31 (0) 6 16 09 04 54


This multidisciplinary PhD project is a collaboration between the Delft University of Technology (TUDelft), Princess Máxima Center and the Revalidatiefonds. The aim of the project is to explore how new interactive objects can be designed in order to become a tactful support for families dealing with demanding and stressful conditions such as childhood cancer. Specifically, a tactful support entails pro-active and playful empowerment of the children and their families to maintain a normal everyday life during the long treatment period. The project follows a Research through Design approach meaning that the patients and their families are involved in testing and evaluating interactive objects, developed specifically for them. Understanding what those children and their families appreciate and value about the designed objects, will help in defining guidelines (Tactfulness Guidelines) for the design of innovative interactive objects suitable for sensitive settings.

Patrizia's project is carried out in collaboration with the TU Delft.
She is supervised by Prof. Dr. Elisa Geiaccardi (TU Delft), Dr. Marco C. Rozendaal (TU Delft) and Prof. Dr. Martha Grootenhuis.