Key Stages 4-5 Free Activity

Lesson Plan: Designing for age

With an increasingly ageing population, people are depending more and more on design to help them carry out everyday tasks that become more difficult with age. It may be that they need help lifting something or help with walking, or even help just remembering.

Designer Chloe Meineck worked with people in their 70s and 80s to use design to create a special memory box.

Things to do

What problems do the older members of your family face? How can you use your design skills to solve them?

Share a picture of your design using #DesignFromHome and the Design Museum will repost the best creations!

To read

New Old exhibition

The New Old exhibition looked at how design can help people lead fuller, healthier and more rewarding lives into old age, asking the question: how can designers meet the challenge of a rapidly ageing society?

Young Design Museum

Young Design Museum

See what other activities are available for young people as part of the museum's Digital Design Calendar.