Dr Remi Bec takes GoFit4Fun to London Design Fair
Last week, Dr Remi Bec from Lab4Living showcased work from another side to his job at a stand at the London Design Fair. In the ‘Design Research for Change’ area, Remi presented the social enterprise he has created, GoFit4Fun CIC, which delivers services using (tangible) games to promote physical activity and reduce social exclusion.
GoFit4Fun is the culmination of 12 years of an iterative cycle of research and implementation conducted as part of User-Centred Healthcare Design (UCHD) programme of research at Sheffield Hallam University, and during which ‘keypieces’ were produced. Those ‘keypieces’ embody a considerable amount of knowledge. Some can be seen as ‘final outcomes’ yet they are also prototypes communicating the knowledge developed until then to different audiences to gain further knowledge about their viability. They are ultimately part of an iterative process of testing in context with those that they have been designed with and for.
The selected ‘keypieces’ presented at the London Design Fair keypieces are about ‘Boost Up!’, the first fully working prototype created and evaluated with 15 participants during six weeks, and more especially about the development of (concept testing and games prototype) and illustrations (the new board game and a representation of GoFit4Fun services). Promoting co-creation, games, physical activity and social interactions are the essence of the GoFit4Fun services.
Of the event, Remi said:
“There was a lot of interest on my work and i got great feedback. I made some great connections and it feels good to see that research can be turned into real world outcomes that seem appreciated by the grand public. we are growing and getting in the community soon”.
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Dr Remi Bec is a design researcher in Lab4Living who applies design thinking and skills to plan and drive workshops with diverse stakeholders, helping to utilise research knowledge to improve healthcare services. Most recently, Remi was seconded to the Transferring Knowledge to Action (TK2A) team, part of NIHR CLAHRC SY based at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital. Follow GoFit4Fun on Twitter.