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Lab4Living: design for life and for living

Lab4Living is a trans-disciplinary research group, based on a collaborative community of researchers in design, healthcare and creative practices. We work together to address real world issues that impact on health and wellbeing, developing products, services and interventions that promote dignity and enhance quality of life.

Set up in 2007, Lab4Living is one of the longest-established living labs in Europe and is based at Sheffield Hallam University. Our work has spanned more than 150 research projects and has included collaborations in over 80 academic, hospital and community organisations in over 15 countries.

Lab4Living creates opportunities to share work and bring the wider design and health community together through a regular series of events and publications. We established the international Design4Health conferences in 2011. More recently, we have worked with leading published Taylor & Francis to launch a new international refereed journal, Design For Health.

In 2019 Lab4Living was awarded £4 million in funding from Research England in recognition of its excellence in design-led research. This award enables us to further develop our work through funded projects, public engagement and an expanded team of researchers and postgraduate students, with a particular focus on the 100 year life and the future home.

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The Life Café

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Journeying Through Dementia

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Latest News

Evaluation of ‘ADHD Hero Activity Book’ paper published in Design For Health

This paper, now published in Design For Health, describes the evaluation of a prototype activity book (previously co-designed by Lab4Living researchers, families of young people with ADHD, educators and clinicians). Results indicate the activity book is an effective communication aid between young people and families. Read the paper here:

The suitability and acceptability of a co-designed prototype psychoeducational activity book for seven- to eleven-year-olds with ADHD – Powell et al.

Ethical Roadmap published in Design For Health

Claire Craig, Helen Fisher and researchers from Northumbria University consider the ethical tensions and dilemmas faced in interdisciplinary research in a new journal article. The team has developed an Ethical Roadmap to support ethical practices in design and human-computer interaction (HCI) research. Available now in Design For Health:

Development of an ethical roadmap – Claire Craig et al.

Our Links

Series of international conferences, events and publications

Design For Health journal
Refereed international journal (Taylor & Francis) covering design in health and wellbeing.

Design Futures
Commercially focused product and packaging design consultancy based at Sheffield Hallam University.

CCRI Impact Blog
Showcasing research from the Culture & Creativity Research Institute at Sheffield Hallam University.