Our speaker Jess Ridgers is a passionate human-centred designer. This means putting the user at the forefront of the design process: Jess is interested in understanding how people interact with products and how their behaviour and needs can be translated into product designs.
Jess discovered her passion for inclusive design when working with occupational therapists at the Evelina Children’s Hospital in London, seeing the opportunity to bridge the gap between insight and problem solving. Jess graduated with a degree in Product Design in 2013 and now works as a Product Designer for national, Bath-based charity, Designability. Her role is to research and design products for people living with various health conditions, focusing on unmet need. Her current work includes: a prompting device to support people with dementia through everyday tasks; the controls of an autonomous vehicle for older people; a reminder alarm for people with memory problems; and a medication reminder device for children with challenging health conditions.
Jess believes design thinking is a powerful tool which could help everyone be effective problem solvers. She not only represents Designability (formerly known as the Bath Institute of Medical Engineering and a great Bath success story), she also grew up in Midsomer Norton.