Universal Design Series at the Design Exchange

Are your designs excluding 20% of the market? According to Health Canada, one in five Canadians will have reached the age of 65 by 2026. Find out what essential factors you should take into consideration when making decisions, designing products, and looking at spaces to accommodate our rapidly aging population. Keep your skills up to date! Learn principles, concepts, and practical applicability from our range of national and international speakers and researchers.

On November 8, 2007, Shawn Micallef of (murmur) leads Designing for Communities from 1:00pm to 5:00pm at the DX. This workshop will show how interface design and technologies in an urban setting can build community awareness and connectivity through storytelling and information sharing. Intended for urban planners, technology providers, community stakeholders and young adults, this session is presented as part of the Orphan Spaces workshops developed in partnership with the City of Toronto Clean and Beautiful Cities Secretariat.

Facilitated by the University of Torontos HCTP Program, Product & Space Design runs from 1:00pm to 5:00pm on December 4, 2007 at the DX. This workshop will introduce participants to mobility and spatial needs of the aging population through three case studies presented by U of T professors and researchers. Drs. Alex Mihailidis, Jill Cameron and Sandra McKay will cover such topics as smart room technology, artificial intelligence, and biomechanical and neural mechanism research at the Centre for Studies in Aging. Data will be presented from previously conducted and ongoing research studies related to reach and grasp reactions, holding an object, handrail design, cuing systems and mobility aid designs.

Designers across disciplines, researchers, and accessibility experts and policy-makers are encouraged to participate. This session is in partnership with Health Care, Technology & Place, CIHR Strategic Research and Training, University of Toronto.

The workshop is $60 for DX members, and $75 for non-members. Please visit www.dx.org/universal for more information, and to register, contact Catherine at 416.216.2120 or [email protected]