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Design Age Institute launches suite of new initiatives

The organisation has announced a Design Age Directory and a community for designers and “ageing humans” to challenge negative stereotypes.

By Molly Long April 28

The Design Age Institute will celebrate its first anniversary with a suite of new projects and initiatives which seek to continue its mission of making later life better through design.

Launched in 2020 with funding from Research England, the institute is attached to the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the Royal College of Art (RCA). It was established to support the government’s Grand Challenge on an Ageing Society, with a mission to support age inclusive design through aspirational products and services.

To mark its first anniversary, the institute has announced the creation of two initiatives: the Design Age Directory and This Age Thing.

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Design Thinking as a Tool for Interdisciplinary Education in Health Care

Abstract

Problem 

Grappling with complex structural health care issues requires medical professionals to have training in skills and knowledge that go beyond the basic and clinical sciences. It is also crucial for health care professionals to be able to work collaboratively. However, medical education has only limitedly institutionalized the teaching of these skills.

Approach 

In fall 2014, a one-semester crossover course called Hacking Healthcare was developed by the University of Amsterdam in cooperation with the Gerrit Rietveld Academie of Fine Arts and six health care institutions in the greater Amsterdam area. The course comprised one or two weekly three-hour evening sessions consisting of a lecture, workshop, and group work. It was structured using the three stages of the design thinking process—inspiration, ideation, and implementation. Twenty-seven medicine, psychology, other science disciplines, and art students participated, working in interdisciplinary groups on an assigned case study.

Outcomes 

The course yielded both unconventional and holistic key insights and a wide range of tangible outcomes, which were also considered to be relevant by the patient. Among university (i.e., nonart) students (n = 14), the average overall score of the course was 8.5 out of 10, with 10 being the highest rating. Aspects of the course that were mentioned as positive points were the activating teaching environment, academic development, and development of collaboration skills and creative capabilities.

Next Steps 

This approach could be applied in other fields, such as medical education on a larger scale, clinical practice, and the design of scientific research.

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Sustainable Gifts for the Eco-Minded Designer

Sustainable design gifts are getting ever-more popular these days as people become more aware of the harm products can do to the planet. Give a gift to friends and family that delights while also reducing their carbon footprint.

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Designers as political changemakers — Service Innovation & Design

What are the commonly stated wicked problems and what can we do about them? A common denominator for the so-called wicked problems is that they all have complex connections to multiple sectors of human societies and they cannot be solved easily, if at all. Wicked problem can also be a problem whose complexity means that […]

Designers as political changemakers — Service Innovation & Design

Designers wanted for COVID-19 project

 

In an urgent effort to mobilize the global design community to address the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Design Organization (WDO) is calling on all available designers to commit to an initiative that will propose design-led solutions to a number of pressing challenges that are affecting us all.

In collaboration with IBM’s Corporate Service Corps and Design for America, WDO set out last week to identify over 180 challenge statements from across the globe. In a 24-hour turnaround, these issues have been distilled into seven large themes with the greatest potential for impact if addressed now.

WDO is calling on all those designers who can commit some time to work remotely together over the course of the next 10-14 days. They are looking for participants and team leaders to build working groups around these themes immediately. If you would like to participate, submit your interest below.

This Coronavirus pandemic as we all know represents the greatest challenge we have faced collectively and as designers and design thinkers have a duty to use our considerable skills to do our part to help address some of its most significant challenges.

Given the urgency and the alarming rate of this pandemic, workgroups will start working as of Wednesday, 25 March 2020.

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