Future Folk

Goldsmiths Design 2011 Show

  • Reassurance design

Reassurance design

Jasmine Daher

Our own instincts provide the best assurance against danger, but what happens when a person is incapable of trusting their instincts or requires a substantial amount of reassurance against danger? Safety is as much a psychological as it is a physical one.

This project is aimed at studying the behaviour of individuals with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, in particular, Obsessive- checking. In this scenario, an individual experiences an inflated sense of responsibility, and self-doubt triggered by fear of catastrophe. This study takes place in a domestic setting where our sense of safety and self-preservation is most acute, and aims to provide the user with a sense of security - and in return free their daily routine of worrying thoughts.