There was a nice piece in this week’s West Sussex County Times about our Designing for the Future competition run with the University of Brighton which asked the students to design products which dealt with one or more of the challenges of ageing. As well as mentioning our winner Harry Trimble, a couple of the other designs were also featured.
Ashley Temudo re-designed the hearing aid. Ashley, who is a second year 3D Design student at Brighton, took his inspiration from the way spectacles have been transformed from assistive aids (who can forget the ugly NHS pink and blue glasses dolled out to children in the 1970s?) to the must-have fashion accessories many designs are today.
Ashley told me : “I aimed to recreate the way hearing aids look and how people perceive them. From a minimalist object that tends to be hidden today, almost considered a social stigma, I wanted to create a fashion accessory which could be worn flamboyantly, attracting positive attention, even from people with no hearing impairments.”
The seven day pill organiser is a beautiful, handmade walnut box used to organise and dispense daily doses of medication or supplements across a one-week period. Unlike the many plastic pill organisers available today, this is a really attractive box made out of warm walnut wood which sits snugly in the palm of your hand. Something that you would be pleased to display on your dressing table. And may be a future heirloom.
Let us know what you think about the designs. Would you wear Ashley’s hearing aid?