Care Labels For Humans: Help me test version 2

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Having toyed with the Care Labels For Humans concept for nearly four years, I decided that 2018 was going to be *the year* when I made some real progress.

If you’d like to take part in the next prototyping on Sunday 14th January, then you can sign up to be a participant here. Please note that although this is Manchester Girl Geeks event it is open to all genders (those under 14 need to be accompanied by an adult).

Care Labels For Humans v1

Back in October 2017, I gave my first paper prototype for Care Labels For Humans its first test at a Geek Mental Help Week event held with Manchester Girl Geeks.

The badge back for Care Labels custom stickers.

Label badge from October 2017

The Care Labels were simple. A standard name badge bearing three slots for labels:

  • A – how the wearer wanted to be approached
  • B – the behaviour desired by the wearer
  • C – an interest as a conversation starter

I really loved testing the first prototype with a small group of engaged people,  it’s amazing how much I learned from a relatively unstructured session.

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Inventive use of Care Labels

My favourite thing about testing the prototype is when people break my ‘system’, as it gives me so much insight into how creative people can be when it comes to expressing their needs.

This badge took the ‘toxic’ symbol, offered as one of the A (Approach) labels and repurposed it to express their passion for physics.

OK, so what’s new?

As well as having had the chance to mull over the findings from the October test, I discussed the Care Labels concept with lots of different people.

I’ve been delighted by the positivity of so many people, and these discussions have allowed me to add features which deepen the Care Labels experience.

Bigger = better?

The badge back for the Care Labels is now much bigger and worn on an A6 lanyard rather than fixed to an item of clothing.

Identity matters

  • Space for you to write your name
  • A place to specify your pronouns e.g. she, he, they etc

Asking permission

The B (Behaviour) badge is now used to identify how open the wearer might be to questioning. The options are:

  • Ask me about anything
  • Ask me about some things
  • Ask me about nothing

More freedom of expression

The badge front has space for the wearer to display more than one C (conversation) label, as well as options for those who do not wish to engage in verbal communication.

Participants will also be able to customise their Care Labels to suit their mood.

There’s a back to the badge!

I’ve introduced an extra element which allows the wearer to display some additional label types, but only to those they really want to.

I’m not going to say too much more here or it will spoil the fun!

Don’t miss out…

Please come along and join in the experiment at Virgin Money Lounge in Manchester city centre for our Blue Sunday event.

Tickets are just £3 and include tea, cake and a ‘lean coffee’ talks session.

See you there!