ONLINE DISCUSSION 27 January 2022: Designing A World For Everyone

Inclusive design – where are we now?

Join the Design Business Association at 3pm on Thursday 27 January to explore the shifting dynamics of inclusive design and get a dose of inspiration. REGISTER

Co-founder of the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, Jeremy Myerson, will be in conversation with Deborah Dawton, Chief Executive at the DBA, celebrating some of the most impactful and inclusive everyday objects, many by DBA members, as featured in his latest book ‘Designing a World for Everyone: 30 Years of Inclusive Design’.

Exploring the impact of inclusive design at different scales, from hand-held objects like a jam jar with a square lid for easy opening, through to large and complex environments like a hospital or workplace – Jeremy's talk will give an insight into the most successful projects which have influenced global design practice, as well as those that failed to reach the market. There will also be discussion of what has been learnt in the industry over the last 30 years, and a fresh look at inclusivity and how we can use design to make a positive change to the world.

Inclusive design is by definition a process whereby designers include the widest number of people, especially those excluded by age, ability, gender or race, and the responsibility of designers to be truly inclusive in their work has never been more in the spotlight. The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the Royal College of Art pioneered inclusive design when it was established over 30 years ago, and as the term has evolved and broadened over time, from the initial foundations of designing to cater to people of all ages and abilities, to now striving for equity and inclusivity across gender and race, there will always be more to do and learn about this area. 

Sign up here and join the conversation live from 3.00pm on Thursday 27 January.

Jeremy’s book ‘Designing a World for Everyone: 30 Years of Inclusive Design’ will be available at 20% off for DBA Members until end 28 February 2022. Click here to login in for discount code.