Smart Design at Any Age

A new AARP panel on universal design is bringing together leading practitioners—in products, the home and the community. “While many of us may not always realize it, design impacts our lives every day,” reports the organization with nearly 38 million members, age 50 and older. “This session will explore some of the ways in which creative, inclusive design can remove roadblocks and expand possibilities for people of all ages.” Register now for free for Smart Design at Any Age or join the livestream.

The panel is scheduled from 2:30 to 4pm on May 23, 2017 at AARP headquarters, 575 7th St NW in Washington, DC 20001. It will be followed by a reception from 4 to 5pm. The panel will bring together leading practitioners of universal design—in products, the home and the community—for a conversation with AARP staff and experts from the private sector and nonprofits on design solutions that meet needs across their lifespans.

“While many of us may not always realize it, design impacts our lives every day,” reports AARP. “This session will explore some of the ways in which creative, inclusive design can remove roadblocks and expand possibilities for people of all ages.”

AARP Chief Enterprise Strategy and Innovation OfficerTerry Bradwell will raise key questions of adoption and usability while highlighting examples of innovative design targeted to a particular group that have found universal application and appeal. Panelists will offer tangible examples of effective design solutions and discuss the challenges that lie ahead, as well as the obstacles standing in the way of meeting those challenges.

Scheduled panelists are:

  • Patricia Moore, PhD, FIDSA, president of Moore Design Associates, is an internationally-renowned gerontologist and designer is a leading authority on consumer lifespan behaviors and requirements.
  • Richard Duncan, executive director, Universal Design Institute, has spent 30+ years in architectural and product accessibility and universal design in residential, public and transportation environments.
  • Thomas Overthun, associate partner and design director, IDEO.
  • Deana McDonagh, PhD, professor and empathic design research strategist at University of Illinois, studies emotional user-product relationships and how empathy can bring the designer closer to users’ authentic needs, ensuring that functional and emotional needs are met by products.