Jack Barnes

Master of Graphic Design

About me

I’m Jack Barnes, my undergraduate degree was in Product Design with my final year project looking at Adaptive Dementia clothing ( Design Registered on the GOV.uk website – 6015905 ).

I have a desire to help improve the quality of life and dignity of those living with Dementia through design and would be keen to pursue a career that would allow me to achieve this.

Although the last 18 months have caused my original ideas and plans to change, I feel I have achieved a bespoke sensory book that my Grandma, who was living with dementia, could have enjoyed and looked at fondly. Empowering her to lead the reminisce about her life to family and carers.

My Grandma had been living with Dementia for the last several years of her life, having to move into sheltered accommodation. This meant the removal and trimming of many of her personal objects and their associated memories. With fewer reference points to act as stimuli for socialising with carers, who would not know her past experiences and life. Thus creating a barrier to positive interaction with new people. Which got me thinking: ‘Can “familiarity by visual association” help those living with dementia to form meaningful conversations and interactions between their family members and carers?’

The Spiders Cobweb

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The Cobweb Chaos

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Brownie Badges

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Go On, Reckon 'Em Up

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Kitkat

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Cheese Pie

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Postcards to Grandma

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Book Binding

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Keywords: Dementia, Dignity, Sensory, Reminiscence