Project Description

In Germany, the proportion of older people in the population is growing: By 2035, more than half of all people will be over 50 years old and every third person will already be over 60. This demographic development in our society poses a great challenge: How can we ensure that the growing number of senior citizens live for as long as possible while maintain a high degree of independence and receiving optimum care? The initiative “SmartSenior – intelligent services for senior citizens” has set itself this precise task; to create and maintain the best possible quality of life for older people.

SmartSenior is a research project, supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the contributions of many renowned companies and research institutions.

Within the SmartSenior consortium DesignResearchLab takes responsibility for user centered and platform crossing interaction design guidelines. We therefore conduct a process, aiming at the implementation of guidelines that are following ergonomic, universal and inclusive design principles. DRL is involved in the evaluation activities regarding implementation of graphical user interfaces in application prototypes. Moreover DRL leads a process to involve user-archetypes (personas) in the conceptual process of application design.

Copyright of associated images is held by: TU-Berlin, Deutsche Telekom Laboratories, DAI-Labor, and Siemens.


Göllner, S. & Schellenbach, M. (2012). GUI Design for Smart Seniors: Guidelines and interaction principles for platform crossing user interfaces.. Proceedings of the 4th International Conference for Universal Design „Safety and Security — Thinking about the Foundations of Universal Design“.

Göllner, S. & Steinke, I. (2012). Graphical-User-Interfaces und Inclusive Design für AAL Anwendungen im Projekt SmartSenior. 5. Deutscher AAL Kongress: „Technik für ein selbstbestimmtes Leben“.

Buchmüller, S., & Joost, G. (2009). Design for elderly People – A methodological Case Study about the Development of a Dect Phone. In Sapio, B., Haddon, L., Mante-Meijer, E., Fortunati, L., Turk, T. and Loos, E. (eds.): The Good, the Bad and the Challenging: The user and the future of information and communication technologies. 710 – 719(pp. ).

Conference Proceedings of the Cost Conference 298.