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Laura Orton

Graduate Research Assistant (Design)

Laura is a Designer and Researcher, currently working alongside Professor Kristina Niedderer in her work on design for health. Her research includes the production of two toolkits, created as part of the European MinD project (, to assist people with dementia to work alongside researchers and designers, as co-designers. Laura is also assisting Dr Isabelle Tournier in the I Do Service project (

In addition to this role, Laura is also currently studying for a PhD in visual communication, using her graphic design skills to establish if visual communication can be used to reduce stigma in mental illness. She is interested in using graphic design for social change.


Laura Orton is a member of the Design Research Hub.


Niedderer, K., Craven, M., Gosling, J., Orton, L., 2021. 'Mindful Co-design for Dementia toolkit'.


Tournier, I., Orton, L., Niedderer, K., 2022. 'My I Can Do Pathway Guide and Workbook', Manchester Metropolitan University.

Data Sets

Orton, L., Tournier, I., Niedderer, K., Threfall, S., 2021. 'Ido Service project - work package one data'.

Orton, L., Tournier, I., Niedderer, K., Threlfall, S., 2021. 'Ido Service project - work package two data'.


Orton, L., Niedderer, K., 2021. 'A guide to Mindful Scenario Task Analysis', MinD - Designing for People with Dementia.

Journal Articles

Tournier, I., Orton, L., Dening, T., Ahmed, A., Holthoff-Detto, V., Niedderer, K., 2023. 'An Investigation of the Wishes, Needs, Opportunities and Challenges of Accessing Meaningful Activities for People Living with Mild to Moderate Dementia', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 20 (7).

Niedderer, K., Tournier, I., Orton, L., Threlfall, S., 2023. 'I Can Do: Co-Designing a Service with and for People with Dementia to Engage with Volunteering', Social Sciences, 12 (6), pp. 364-364.

Niedderer, K., Holthoff-Detto, V., van Rompay, T.J.L., Karahanoglu, A., Ludden, G.D.S., Almeida, R., Durán, R.L., Aguado, Y.B., Lim, J.N.W., Smith, T., Harrison, D., Craven, M.P., Gosling, J., Orton, L., Tournier, I., 2022. 'This is Me: Evaluation of a boardgame to promote social engagement, wellbeing and agency in people with dementia through mindful life-storytelling', Journal of Aging Studies, 60, pp. 100995-100995.

Conference Papers

Niedderer, K., Tournier, I., Orton, L., 2022. 'An overview of current practices and approaches to co-designing services with and for people with dementia towards developing a framework for best practice', 25/6/2022 - 3/7/2022, in DRS Conference Proceedings.

Orton, L., 2022. 'Are stereotypes, such as the 'headclutcher', in stock images for mental illness stigmatizing?', DRS2022: Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain, 25/6/2022 - 3/7/2022, in Proceedings of DRS2022: Bilbao, pp. 1-17.

Tournier, I., Dening, T., Orton, L., Niedderer, K., 2022. 'IDoService project: using a co-design approach to facilitate participation in meaningful activities for people living with mild dementia', 32nd Alzheimer Europe conference, Bucharest, Romania, 17/10/2022 - 19/10/2022.