Design Age Ideas
Dive into Design Age Ideas, a report which pieces together the puzzle of ageing well through the lens of design and innovation.
A report on designing with and for older people
We all want desirable products, services, and environments that help us age well. By 2043, 1 in every 4 people will be age 65+, making designing for our future selves more urgent than ever.
Design Age Ideas, authored by Knowledge Exchange Fellow Carly Dickson, shares research and provocations with the ambition to help all of us reimagine and realise desirable design for healthy and happy ageing.
Design Age Ideas pieces together the puzzle of ageing well by curating the work of Design Age Institute, our partners, and external findings into content that provokes further curiosity and critical engagement with how we design for age. We are all consumers and users either enabled or disabled by design each day of our lives. Whether you are responsible for creating design or not, we all are impacted by how design responds to what we want and need, and we all have a role to play in how the design age puzzle shapes our future.
As consumers, users, and citizens, we are all either limited or enabled by design each day of our lives. Whether you are responsible for creating design or not, we all are impacted by how design does or does not respond to what we want and need. That’s why it’s important to collaboratively consider Design Age Ideas that can help shape a positive future for ourselves and for our society.
Meet the Author
Carly is a designer, researcher and advocate focused on creating and promoting radically accessible, wildly engaging experiences for people of all ages and abilities.
Carly joined Design Age Institute’s team as a Knowledge Exchange Fellow, sharing the Institute’s work and supporting new opportunities to collaboratively create more desirable products, services, and environments that enable healthy and happy ageing.
Prior to joining Design Age Institute, Carly worked across various design and research roles, most recently as an architectural designer at Alison Brooks Architects and as the co-author and designer of the book Just Living: Homes for Our Future Selves. She has also worked as a design researcher for the MIT AgeLab and an inclusive design consultant for Motionspot.
Carly graduated with a Masters in Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 2017 and a B.A. in Architectural Theory from Harvard College in 2012.