New Old: why design matters to ageing well

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Jeremy Myerson (Royal College of Art)


As populations around the world age rapidly, governments, businesses and communities are looking at the potential of new technologies to make later life richer, more fulfilling and less of a burden. But could there be dangers in adopting a totally tech-led approach? Shouldn’t we use design techniques to gain a deeper understanding of people’s lives as they age, and tailor new products and services that really suit? In this illustrated keynote lecture, Professor Jeremy Myerson draws on his experiences leading the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the Royal College of Art and curating the international New Old exhibition to argue that design must be central to the next wave of innovation for an ageing society.