Bright Screens, Blue Days: Developing Self-Care Tech

Championed by ideas of open source and transparency, coding for the “greater good” resonates with a wide variety of technologists, designers and developers. One of these issues is “mental health”: Having moved away from seemingly dusty therapist couches, mental health is now being “hacked” with modern technologies and sleek apps. However, designing and developing for a sensitive and distressing area is highly contextual and tricky to get “right”, potentially even dangerous. Using the design and development of a self-care app, this talk will offer examples on how a project can go wrong even when its maintainers mean well — and how to mitigate some of these fundamental risks and issues. Ideas of participatory design, societal stigma and community trust will be explored.




Velvet is a creative technologist and researcher in human-computer interaction currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Nottingham, where they are currently investigating collaborative, ...