Beta Futures is partnering up with The Future Perfect Company to join Designing for the Futures’ panel of Judges . The organisations will also be working to develop an intergenerational project between the 50+ Skills Exchange Club members and Designing for the Future students.
The competition has been running for 7 years and has just launched this year’s brief at the University of Brighton. Designing for the Future encourages student designers to consider the challenges of ageing and this year will focus on dementia. There are 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK today and Alzheimers Research UK estimate that by 2025 that number is expected to rise to over one million; by 2050 it is projected to exceed 2 million.
“Designing for the Future”, which is run by The Future Perfect Company in conjunction with the University of Brighton, encourages student designers to consider the many challenges of ageing so as to allow people to continue to live enjoyable, active and independent lives.
This year students from the University of Brighton’s College of Arts and Humanities will be invited to develop innovative new products and design concepts to benefit people affected by dementia and its care. A parallel project run with students studying product design will be investigating smart technology. In each case, students are encouraged to produce design outcomes which are desirable, support real areas of need and inspire new approaches and attitudes.
The winners of the Competition will be announced in June and will receive a package of mentoring and support to help them to develop their products and ideas further and emulate the success of previous “Designing for the Future” alumni.
Says Philippa Aldrich from The Future Perfect Company: “We have been running “Designing for the Future” for seven years and it continues to go from strength to strength. We are particularly excited about this year’s focus on dementia and to be working with Active Minds who recently won a National Dementia Care Award for their dementia care products. We are delighted to have more judges and workshop facilitators than ever before from design, academia and industry. We will be continuing to build our DFF network to support alumni as they graduate and begin their design careers.”
Judges and workshop facilitators this year will include Professor Anne Boddington, Dr Tom Ainsworth, Dr Carlos Parelta and Dr Eddy Elton, University of Brighton; Philippa Aldrich & Molly Aldrich-Wincer, The Future Perfect Company; Tom Serpell, Director of Eastbourne – Designed for all; Marie Harris, Beta Futures; architects Geraghty Taylor; Peter Dale, SEEFA; Maggie Winchcombe, Years Ahead; designers Jack Durling and Chloe Meineck; and Intellectual Property lawyer John Greager.