Designing a World for Everyone

Book launch and celebration of 30 years

of the Helen Hamlyn Centre

webinar recording 

Dr Shelley James in conversation with

Professor Jeremy Myerson, Patricia Moore,

Profesor Cees de Bont, Sean Donahue

1 July 2021

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About the event

The way we experience the world is largely through the design of the places, products, communications, services and systems we encounter every day. Design determines how difficult or easy it is to achieve certain things – whether taking a bath, cooking a meal, crossing the street or making a call, we all want a world that works for us all the time. However, some people are excluded from the simplest and most basic everyday experiences. Why? This is because the act of designing has given insufficient consideration to their level of physical ability or cognitive difference or cultural background or economic circumstance. 


Over the past 30 years, however, there has been a shift in designing to become more empathic and inclusive of different human needs. The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the Royal College of Art first pioneered the concept of inclusive design in the early 1990s and it has gone on to build an extensive portfolio of collaborative projects over a long period, developing new methods, coaching designers at all levels in the approach and bringing a more inclusive way of thinking about design to international attention.


This round table discussion brings together leading voices from around the world including Changemaker Patricia Moore, Dean of the School of Design, Loughborough University Professor Cees De Bont and Sean Donahue, Principle of Research Centred Design. We discuss the value of design as a powerful tool for inclusivity, sustainability - and delight.


The event is also the launch Jeremy's new book.  A series of case studies explore the parameters of inclusive design through the lens of the centre’s own projects. It therefore maps a movement and, at the same time, marks a milestone: the 30th anniversary of the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design in 2021. 30 everyday artefacts and environments are explored. These vary in scale: some are simple, hand-held objects, while others form part of large and complex environments or systems.


Some have reached the market, others we can file under ‘ideas for the future’. All reflect an approach which could be described as designing with people as opposed to designing for people.

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