Organisations and networks
- Design Can – campaign to increase diversity in design
- Helen Hamlyn Centre for Inclusive Design, RCA – pioneer of the study and practice of inclusive design over the past 25 years
- Design Justice Network – international community of people and organisations who are committed to rethinking design processes so that they centre people who are too often marginalised by design
- Design Age Institute, RCA – providing strategic design to stimulate the longevity economy
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.Continue reading
August de los Reyes, a prominent designer who helped develop the modern Xbox interface and became a fierce advocate for inclusivity in design, has died. He had only left the house three times since March of last year—for a doctor’s appointment, for a license renewal, and to vote, according to his husband. He died on December 21. He was 50 years old.Continue reading
Is the quest for inclusive design so difficult that we need so many different terms? Are new-fangled methodologies improving the situation if the aims are the same? Many different ways of promoting the process of designing inclusively is surely confusing everyone. Enter “Humanity-Centred Design”. This one is a bit different because it’s about the planet […]Design for Humanity: People and Planet — Centre for Universal Design Australia
Universal Design Summit is a preeminent conference in North America, drawing experts in universal design from across the globe. UD Summit has traditionally focused on universal housing and inclusive communities. Event organizers are pleased to announce the expansion of UD Summit to include inclusive design in digital spaces. Our current plan is to offer simultaneous virtual and in-person conferences.
UD Summit 7 will be held in May 2021 in St. Louis and attract several hundred designers, developers, builders, contractors, and architects from across the country and the globe. UD Summit 7 will provide exceptional content in the areas of affordable housing for all ages and abilities, universal design in public spaces, physical and digital community access, and universal design in digital spaces. A pre-conference seminar will focus on ADA regulations and accessibility requirements for housing. Continuing education credits will be offered through a variety of professional associations including AIA, IDCEC, IOTA and more. Dozens of vendors of related products and services will be on display throughout the conference. Opportunities abound to network with inclusive-minded professionals from varied industries.
If there is an imposing health risk to participants due to COVID-19, the event will be held virtually in the same time frame. Our current plan is to offer simultaneous virtual and in-person conferences.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMITION SEPTEMBER 30
A quiet but staggering statistic: Eight percent of all men and 0.5 percent of women experience some form of colorblindness.
What can design do to help them?
Companies want to innovate through “inclusive products and services”. The main question is “How to start” and “Where to start”.
It’s not about the market, it is about the people.
I will answer these questions in my new lecture, happening in SP, Brazil.
This very demanded lecture is available in Spanish and English.
Let me know if your University or business might be interested.
CANCELLED DUE TO CORONA VIRUS
Patricia Moore ’74 (industrial design) has long made an impact on the world through her work as an internationally renowned designer, gerontologist and author.
Her illustrious career of difference-making achievements was recognized in June by receiving a distinguished Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in the Design Mind category.
The National Design Awards — conceived by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and in its 20th year of existence — annually honors lasting success in American design. They recognize designers who exhibit excellence, innovation and enhancement of the quality of life. Moore was among the 11 category winners selected by a diverse jury group of designers and educators from around the country.