LOUE was developed during my internship at Kintsugi Design (See links). Originally, it was developed as part of the Menopause Project. The Menopause Project is an ongoing project at Kintsugi design, creating technology to target different areas of menopause. LOUE was initially aimed at dealing with the stigma/taboo of menopause in the workspace. We wondered how come the workspace isn't a place where menopausal women can freely talk about how they feel and be understood?
We came to understand that the problem of the stigma around menopause in the workspace is a wicket problem and broader than just making menopause a subject to share. We came to understand that for menopausal women to be able to share their feelings, and in some cases, the discomforts of going through menopause required an understanding culture and open work environment where everyone can share their feelings. Thus LOUE was created as a means to nudge toward a more open and understanding workspace.
I have been responsible for building LOUE but I couldn't have done it alone. Thus I want to thank the following:
- I want to thank the team at Kintsugi Design, especially Vanessa Julie Carpenter and Keshav Koduvayur, for supporting, sparring ideas, and giving me feedback during the development of the project.
- I also want to thank my girlfriend Emilie Kjeldsen for her support and sparring as well as for helping me make the video and picture content.