Lifetime Homes

Living map of ageing innovators

lifetimeHomesLogoThe Lifetime Homes Standard was established in the mid-1990s by a group of housing experts to help older people and those with mobility difficulties to live well in any property.
Lifetime Homes are ordinary homes incorporating 16 design criteria that can be universally applied to new homes at minimal cost. Good design, in this context, is considered to be design that maximizes utility, independence and quality of life, while not compromising other design issues such as aesthetics or cost effectiveness.
Housing that is designed to the Lifetime Homes Standard is convenient for most occupants, including some (but not all) wheelchair users and disabled visitors, without the necessity for substantial alterations. Many local planning policies (e.g. London, Wales and Northern Ireland) already require the Lifetime Homes standard in new developments.
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Adeg 50+ supermarket

Living map of ageing innovators

ADEGLogoIn 2003 the Austrian supermarket chain Adeg opened Europe’s first supermarket specially designed for older people’s needs “Supermarket der Generationen”.
Inside the aisles are wider, the lighting is specially calibrated for the sensitive eyes of older people and the floor is non-skid to prevent any potential falls – especially in the rainy seasons. All products are easy to reach and prices easy to read. Magnifiers are mounted by the shelves for people who may have left their glasses at home. Seating areas are provided so that people can take a rest if need be and they can even test their blood pressure for free. Customers can test products to make sure they get what they really want to and staff are trained to respond to the needs of older people. In fact most staff are older people themselves.
Adeg’s older friendly store proved a hit with people of…

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GOV.UK Digital Service Design Principles

Build for inclusion one of top 10 principles for Digital by Default strategy.

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As part of the UK Governments ‘Digital by Default’ strategy for ensuring the delivery of world-class digital public services that meet UK citizens needs, the Government Digital Service (GDS) have created 10 Design principles for an alpha release. They detail how the GDS team are starting to approach building and improving public digital services:

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The following link ( expand on these points in more detail, and it is clear from them that government public services are being designed for digital formats with a very explicit focus on users needs. And not just the needs of those who use the web already, but everyone in the country. These are obviously very positive principles for the design process of a national public service infrastructure that affects such a large audience.

The only downside to these guidelines, is that of principle six:build for inclusion. Building inclusive digital services is a…

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Design at SF State

The academic goals and objectives of the Design Center for Global Needs are to enhance the curriculum development in the Design and Industry Department at San Francisco State University, while stimulating the social awareness and responsibility of our students.

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