Presentation of this project and my academic research
Simple Sex(ED) looks at co-design methodologies under the lens of young people's sexual health education. This design project is apart of my Masters research, beginning in 2018 and estimated to be completed in 2021. This design outcome was in response to a current gap for relevant and transferable educational resources covering young people’s sexual health and relationships.
The above video is a presentation of my research at QUT Masters of Philosophy Symposium.
In response a pilot workshop, accompanied by two co-design workshops were conducted with young people between the ages of 17 - 16 years old. Data collected from workshops were used to co-design an educational resource, aimed to effectively engage young people with topics surrounding sexual health (below is a brief summary of this process).
Images from the Pilot workshop, testing co-design methods and analysing the types of data they produce.
Images from Workshop one, identify key themes of effective/ ineffective sexual health educational resources, participants experiences regarding educational resources and defining sexual health. From data collected from Workshop one, three initial educational concepts (below) where created.
Images from Workshop two. During Workshop two participants were introduced each concept created from data collected in Workshop one. These concepts where where either discarded or compiled to one final design concept. The final concept was an educational website that discusses factually a range of sexual health and identity topics through both written and video format (view image below). From this, three visual directions of this concept (based on data collected from Workshop two) were designed, before being tested remotely by participants.
Final designs based on user testing feedback.
The secondary design outcome of this research was an online toolkit, allowing this design process to be duplicated for future research. The website provides an outline of each workshop structure and any supporting documents that are required to re-create this process.
The purpose of this study was to create an educational resource that caters for young people's unique criteria of needs regarding sexual health educational resources. This study acknowledged that different young people have different needs based on their prior knowledge, experiences, beliefs and preferred learning strategies. This toolkit is in response to this, allowing this process to be repeated with different groups of young people in order to develop educational resources based on their unique needs.