We were delighted to hear that Howard Croft, an early contributor to the former incarnation of this blog, has just published his first book. Howard's hugely enjoyable and often irreverent insights into the world of retirement ran on an almost weekly basis for several years. Howard went on to write over 250 articles for the
In the new year The Future Perfect Company will be changing. Gone will be the shop and instead the emphasis will shift to “Designing for the Future”. And here’s why. When I opened the shop 6 years ago, it was an attempt to focus on the ageing market. I was in my late 40s
We wanted to introduce you to one of our Designing for the Future Digital Champions, Eleanor Owens who keeps us up to date with innovation and good design in the gardening world. The benefits of gardening, both physical and psychological, as we get older are numerous and designers are just beginning to catch on to
Tom Serpell joined the Designing for the Future judging panel in 2013 and has been an enthusiastic supporter since. With a background in package design, he is a co-founder of Inclusive Eastbourne a business-led campaign to encourage businesses to be inclusive to all sectors of the population including older people.
Richard Child from Grid North Design has supported Designing for the Future since 2012. With a background in 3D Design, he switched paths to web development and got a job with Cabify, a Spanish startup based in Madrid where he worked on redesigning their iPhone and Android apps for more than 100,000 customers in 4 countries. Richard
Maggie Winchcombe OBE FCOT has been a judge for the Designing for the Future project since 2011. She brings extensive experience and expertise in the independent living sector. Maggie qualified as an occupational therapist in 1973 and, after working in the NHS, began specialising in information and advice about independent living products for consumers in
Gretel Jones has been a keen supporter of Designing for the Future acting as a judge from 2010 to 2015. Formerly Policy Officer (Consumer Affairs) at Age UK, Gretel brought her considerable experience and expertise to the judging panel.
We have been running Designing for the Future at the College of Richard Collyers in Sussex since 2010. Originally aimed at AS level students, it was subsequently incorporated into the A2 syllabus. The project is championed by Kate Sharp, Head of Faculty for Arts & Communications : Philippa and her team come in at key
The University of Brighton and particularly the Dean of the College of Art & Humanities, Professor Anne Boddington, have supported Designing for the Future from its inception in 2010. Starting as a competition for Design & Craft students, DFF has grown so that it is now an option across all the creative disciplines in the