Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.
Posted: December 4th, 2013 | Author: admin | Filed under: Miscellaneous, Press coverage | Comments Off
One of the delights of working with the Faculty of Arts, University of Brighton is that many of the tutors are talented artists, makers and craftspeople in their own right.
Gareth Neal, with whom I have been working on our Designing for the Future project, is no exception and it is fantastic to see his Orkney Chair, a collaboration with traditional Orkney chair maker Kevin Gauld and The New Craftsmen, on the front cover of House & Garden’s Christmas Edition. Gareth’s design merges the thinking and knowledge gained from the Bodging project and the traditions of the Windsor chair, combining it with the unique straw work of the Orkney isles.
You can see Gareth’s work at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. His George III chest is now in the permanent collection at the V&A’s 20th Century Gallery. The chest was acquired in September and first went on display during London Design Festival in the New Acquisitions Gallery
Posted: December 3rd, 2013 | Author: admin | Filed under: Housing, Inclusive design, Press coverage | Comments Off
I was delighted to be asked to contribute a Viewpoint piece by Housing LIN about design for aging and in particular to share my experience and some of the outcomes from our Designing for the Future project with Faculty of Arts, University of Brighton.
Housing LIN is a professional network supporting over 5,800 people working in housing, health and social care to provide the latest policy, practice, research and innovation in housing with care for older and vulnerable people. The Housing LIN also has a particular focus on extra care housing due to its previous incarnation overseeing the Department of Health’s Extra Care Housing Fund (2004-2010). However, it is now independent of the Department and works closely with trade and professional bodies.
To find out more about Housing LIN and to read the article, CLICK HERE
Posted: November 25th, 2013 | Author: admin | Filed under: Grandparents, Health, Inclusive design | Comments Off
I first came across Aging 2.0 last year when I was invited to speak at one of their events in London.
Aging 2.0 is a US based network of innovators working in the 50+ market who are aiming to create an interdisciplinary, collaborative community drawn from business, research, policy, design and technology. Their mission – to accelerate innovation to improve the quality of life for older adults around the world.
This year Aging 2.0 have stepped up a gear by launching the GENerator, a new founders program which will “provide strategic advice and access to mentors, pilots and capital for a small number of high-potential, early-stage companies”.
The first cohort of entrepreneurial businesses has just been announced as follows :
- BrainAid (www.brainaid.com) is a smartphone or tablet application with patented “executive function” software to provide flexible activity reminders and automatic planning assistance for individuals with cognitive impairment.
- CareLinx (www.carelinx.com) is a professional in-home caregiver online marketplace that helps people easily find, screen, hire and pay caregivers who match their specific needs and budget.
- CareSolver (www.caresolver.com) activates, educates, and supports the nation’s $450B per year senior care workforce – family caregivers – to drive significant improvements in senior health and caregiver wellness.
- Life2 (www.life2inc.com) is a healthcare focused predictive analytics company that helps caregivers predict and manage future health risks by providing them information on “who” is at risk, “why” they are at risk, and “what” can be done to mitigate the risk.
- Lift Hero (www.lifthero.com) is a platform for arranging convenient, door-through-door transportation and accompaniment to medical appointments from reliable, qualified drivers.
- Lively (www.mylively.com) uses passive, stylish activity sensors and a social sharing platform to help older adults live independently longer and provide tighter connection to family.
- My Grove (www.mygrove.co) is a multimedia marketplace and social engagement platform tailored for Active Adults and their communities, which engages and empowers them to connect, share and shop with privacy, security and purpose.
- OpenPlacement (www.openplacement.com) is disrupting the $4.5 billion patient care transition industry by replacing antiquated materials and manual research with an easy to use web application.
- Sabi (www.sabi.com) creates products that improve day-to-day life by rethinking the most commonly used products and tools to elevate the everyday moments in life with superior functionality and design.
- Tapestry (www.tapestry.net) is a beautifully simple tablet & web app, which helps older adults connect to the people they love, the services they need and the communities in which they live.
- True Link (www.truelinkfinancial.com) protects seniors’ money by offering a caregiver-managed debit card account with personalized spending controls and extra protection from fraud and scams.
It is interesting to see that already up and coming companies such as Sabi and Lively are taking part in this project which suggests that it has real depth and potential.
Stephen Johnston and his team at Aging 2.0 have also amassed an impressive list of sponsors and supporters which include Home Instead Senior Care, Institute on Aging, AgeTech West, Cambia Health, Clear Care Online, Stanford Center on Longevity and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.
This is a really exciting development for this market and we look forward to watching this first GENerator cohort succeed. Hopefully the next cohort will include some UK businesses. The likes of Ode and Casserole Club might be a good place to start.
Posted: November 13th, 2013 | Author: admin | Filed under: Designing for the Future Competition - University of Brighton, Inclusive design | No Comments »
This week I was invited to a workshop organised by Nick Gant and the new Design Futures team at Faculty of Arts, University of Brighton.
Design Futures is a unique interdisciplinary programme aimed at “designers and thinkers who will shape society in the coming decades”. Unusually, it is based on an interdisciplinary approach to design that “puts people, their behaviour and their needs at the centre of the creative process… It is wide in its scope, advocating for design intervention in all social organisations and structures, from industry and business to governmental agencies, charities and community groups”.
I was there to present the work we have been doing on design for ageing in our Designing for the Future project which has now been running for 4 years at the Faculty of Arts. The Design Futures programme chimes with, and builds on, some of the insights from that work, particularly the need for collaboration - whether this means skill sharing across disciplines or public/private partnering.
What is exciting about the Design Futures approach is that it is not wedded to one particular design discipline and offers the opportunity to explore a whole range of societal challenges. Reading the “manifesto” prepared in conjunction with the programme’s first cohort of students, ethical design and improving people’s lives seem to score highly.
It is ambitious to launch an entirely new programme based on an innovative approach at a time when budgets are under strain and students are becoming ever more demanding consumers. However, Design Futures has an eye very firmly on employability, aiming to equip its graduates to work in an environment of rapid change, turning them into competent and compelling design professionals able to learn new skills as needed and work across a range of disciplines.
For more information about the Design Futures programme, visit http://arts.brighton.ac.uk/study/design-craft/design-futures
Posted: November 13th, 2013 | Author: admin | Filed under: Designing for the Future Competition - Collyer's, Designing for the Future Competition - University of Brighton, Inclusive design | No Comments »
Push out plug socket by Glen Crombie 2011
I was excited to be back at Collyers Sixth Form College last week to check on the progress of our new cohort of Designing for the Future students. Following on from the success of Designing for the Future with AS students, this year we have re- designed the module for A2 students, hoping to elicit more sophisticated projects.
And this strategy seems to be paying off. Whilst the student group is smaller than in previous years, the projects presented to me last week had definitely benefited from the additional year of design teaching and thinking.
There is a good diversity of projects from furniture to telecare to dementia products and I was pleased to be able to call on the expertise from the Designing for the Future network to help the students develop their ideas further.
Judging of the final projects will take place next year when we will be joined on the judging panel by Holly Alexander who won Designing for the Future at Faculty of Arts, University of Brighton last year. Holly is in her final year and is developing her intergenerational story telling app for her final degree show.
Designing for the Future run by The Future Perfect Company in conjunction with the Faculty of Arts, University of Brighton and Collyers Sixth Form College encourages student designers to think about the challenges and issues affecting our ageing population – and to create innovative and attractive and designs which allow older people to continue to live enjoyable, active and independent lives.
Posted: October 23rd, 2013 | Author: admin | Filed under: Care, Inclusive design | Comments Off
We have been following the progress of Julie Robinson and the Move It or Lose It! team since we introduced into our range the first fitness DVD back in 2011.
Easy to follow, from the comfort of a chair, the exercises are set to toe-tapping classical music and increase strength, flexibility and mobility. Endorsed by the Centre for Healthy Active Ageing Research and with no lycra in sight, the Move It or Lose It! DVD aims to keep your body flexible, well co-ordinated and improve the strength of core muscles required to maintain good balance and prevent falls.
Since 2011 hundreds of people of all ages, abilities and with many conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis and heart disease have improved their confidence and returned to weight bearing activities as a result of Move It or Lose It!. And Julie has gone on to win a number of awards and also now has a regular column in Yours magazine.
Last week, Move It or Lose It! clinched yet another award – Ideal World’s Best Fitness Newcomer Award. Fantastic news and well deserved for a team committed to improving the wellbeing, fitness and mobility of older people.
We are currently offering a FREE exercise band and FREE Delivery on every DVD. CLICK HERE for more details
Posted: October 7th, 2013 | Author: admin | Filed under: Grandparents, Inclusive design | Comments Off
At The Future Perfect Company we have lots of Christmas gift ideas for mums, dads and grandparents which are not just age-friendly but innovative and attractive too.
£10 and under
Check out our selection of kitchen tools from the OXO Good Grips range . This range was originally designed with arthritis in mind and all the tools are very comfortable and easy to use.
Make light work of peeling all those vegetables this Christmas with The King of Peelers. This OXO Good Grips potato peeler is simply the best peeler you will ever try!
For the golfer in your life, the Bionic Golf Glove is the only golf glove to be designed by an orthopaedic hand surgeon. Promising longer distance and greater accuracy these gloves are made of top-grade cabretta leather to make them feel like a second skin.
Our Move It or Lose It! exercise DVD (with free exercise band) on the other hand has been really popular with people who are less mobile but still want to keep active.
Keen gardeners will love this practical Gardening Journal which is the perfect place to make notes as the seasons change and record future plans with its colourful loose-leaf section and storage pockets.
OXO Good Grips tools are designed to give maxmimum strength for minimum effort and have lots of extra features like comfortable handles. OXO Good Grip’s pruners have a hardened, steel cutting blade with non-stick coating, and soft, comfortable, non-slip grips to maximize cutting strength and power.
Or how about one of our colourful handmade double handled mugs now in three different designs?
Or for those keen on researching family history, this lovely Family Tree file comes complete with keepsake box.
Our gorgeous Typhoon shopping trolleys are sure to cut a dash on any high street. Let this smart shopping trolley take the strain with its fully insulated cooler bag and, two spacious side pockets for additional storage and a drawstring and Velcro fastening to keep items safely tucked away.
Or how about the versatile Trabasack, part bag, part table? So much smarter than the average laptray. Perfect for picnic lunches or using the iPad, crafting or even eating breakfast in bed.
As featured in Design Week and brimming with character, our best selling handmade doublehandled teapot, has a helpful second handle by the spout, making it easier to pour.
Treat someone special with our ever popular Healthy Back Bags in gorgeous soft leather. Style with comfort, these bags manage to combine practicality with elegance, whilst taking the strain off your back.
Any Christmas gift list would not be complete with an Alex Table Lamp with dimmer. See life more clearly with the ultimate in reading comfort. Perfect for reading the Sunday papers.
And if you are after a bargain, be sure to check out our Bag a Bargain section!
Posted: October 4th, 2013 | Author: admin | Filed under: Designing for the Future Competition - University of Brighton, Inclusive design, Press coverage | Comments Off
Nice mention for our Designing for the Future competition in an article called “Designs on Old Age” in this week’s Libertine magazine as an example of projects which use design as a means of fostering relationships. Florence Pike’s “Tea for Two” from last year is featured. Florence’s design aims to alleviate loneliness by drawing people to the garden fence to share a cup of tea. To read the article in full, go to http://www.interestedwomen.com/index.php/designs-on-old-age
Posted: September 30th, 2013 | Author: admin | Filed under: Care, Designing for the Future Competition - Collyer's, Designing for the Future Competition - University of Brighton, Inclusive design | Comments Off
It’s one of those frustrating things – pulling a plug out of an electrical socket – particularly where you have difficulty gripping. Here are four possible solutions.
First up is the ‘PULG’, an innovative product especially useful to people who struggle with limited dexterity in their fingers. Once attached to a plug, ‘PULG’ can then be slightly squeezed using finger and thumb to remove the plug from a socket with ease – See more at: http://www.bespoken.me/forum/topics/pulg-great-solution-to-make-removing-plugs-easy#sthash.1d5YTy1l.dpuf
Next we have the “Plugster” which is another simple device which fits over an existing plug by simple wrapping, making it easier to pull out. The Plugster has the added advantage of space to label the appliance so that you don’t unplug the fridge rather than the radio. More information here : http://www.iantheinventor.co.uk/page4.htm
The multi- award winning sleek ”Folding Plug” by Min-Kyu Choi was designed more with portability in mind but it does feature a useful handle for helping extract the plug form the socket. (The commercial product which followed, the Mu, has lost the handle sadly https://www.themu.co.uk/ ).
Push out plug socket by Glen Crombie 2011
Finally, we have the “Ejector Plug” which was designed by Glenn Crombie, one of our Designing for the Future competition winners. Glenn’s winning product is designed to eject a standard plug from a socket at the touch of a button – deceptively simple but very ingenious! Although initially designed to meet the needs of people with arthritis and similar gripping disabilities, this product has universal appeal and because it is based on a standard UK plug socket fitting, it is easily installed anywhere it is needed.
One problem, four potential solutions. What do you think?
Posted: September 24th, 2013 | Author: admin | Filed under: Grandparents, Health, Product reviews | Comments Off
We are always keen to get feedback on our products and we recently received this from a care assistant who had shared our book, Pictures to Share – in the garden with one of his clients who has dementia.
“I used the book with one of my clients in the day room. I wanted to try something else as often social time is just people watching old reruns of Dads Army on the telly and I wanted to do something more meaningful. It was not just the pictures in the book but also the words, especially the Kipling poem which resonated with my client – she lit up. The book linked her right back to the felt experience of the country people she used to know. Something passed between us that was much more meaningful – not stereotypical. There seemed to be an after effect also. I concluded the social time with a 15 minute walk around the garden and my client seemed more fluent because she had had access through the material to talking about the life she had had before the memory issues arose. It also had an impact on our relationship – we were more connected and more equal – less carer and cared for”
For more details about Pictures to Share and our other dementia products, visit www.thefutureperfectcompany.com