KISTproject is a research project examining how a service system can be co-designed by families and carers of children with complex communication needs to share their lives.  This short film explains how families and staff  at Rachel House, the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland’s (CHAS) hospice in Kinross, created fabric fobs, digitally tagged handmade objects which are part of a system to connect to online content, making sharing stories of a child’s life a playful and engaging experience.  The work was led by a multidisciplinary team from the University of Dundee.

The project has been co-developed by Hazel White,  director of the Master of Design for Services programme at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art (DJCAD), University of Dundee, Jo Hodge, PhD student at DJCAD and Sara Nevay, Master of Design graduate. CHAS have contributed time, expertise and enthusiasm through CEO Maria McGill and activities co-ordinator Alison Blair and the many CHAS staff and volunteers. Paul MacKinnon from DJCAD has looked after the programming and technical development

kist: def. any chestlike container; a box, trunk, or basket. 

The project began as a simple box to ‘contain the internet”, emerging from two earlier projects hamefarers kist and pigeon post

The project is funded by the Scottish Funding Council through their Innovation Voucher Scheme