Autonomy in
the Age of Accessibility

Are the current styles and designs of hearing aids archaic? Do they continue to represent an outdated medical model of disability? PhD designer and researcher Katie Brown shares her exploration surrounding super normal design and discusses the design process and thinking for developing products for users with disabilities and accessibility issues.

Katie Brown


Katie Brown is a Scottish designer and researcher who graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design in 2016 with a first class honours in Jewellery & Metal Design. Wanting to combine her craft skills and material knowledge with design thinking and human-centred design, she went on to study MSc Product Design and graduated with distinction in 2017. She is currently working towards her interdisciplinary practice-based PhD, currently titled: exploring hearing aids and super normal design.