Our approach is inclusive and interdisciplinary. Work is organised in four areas:
- We use design to address challenging social issues, working with organisations to create impactful projects and teach people-centred process.
- We exchange knowledge through publications, events and executive education with staff available for advice and workshop /keynote delivery.
- We have an international reputation, working with government, business, community and the third sector on over 300 projects to date.
Inclusive Design is design with a social attitude. The concept was framed by Professor Emeritus Roger Coleman at the RCA in 1994. It advocates design that ‘includes the widest number of people’ thereby addressing the numerous instances of exclusion by age, ability, gender, race, culture, geography and economics, to name a few.
The Centre has its origins in the DesignAge action research programme, which was founded in 1991. It became a fully-fledged research centre in 1999, widening its focus from design for ageing population to design to improve people's lives across a range of social needs. The Centre now houses the Design Age Institute, a £4.9 million initiative funded by Research England.
The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design is endowed by the Helen Hamlyn Trust, a charity dedicated to supporting innovative projects that will effect lasting change and improve quality of life.
Helen Hamlyn Chair of Design
Jeremy is an academic, author and activist in design for nearly 40 years who began his working life as a journalist and was founder-editor of Design Week in 1986.
Senior Research Fellow
Jo-Anne is a design anthropologist whose research involves multi / inter-disciplinary collaboration and participatory engagement in the inclusive design process.
Director, Design Age Institute
Colum is a senior design leader with a significant track record of developing inclusive products and services in the private, public and charitable sectors.
Chris is a Senior Research Fellow at the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design (HHCD), based in the Royal College of Art (RCA), where he leads the Age & Diversity Research space.
Jonathan has spent sixteen years working in design in healthcare and leads the Healthcare Research Space at the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the Royal College of Art.
Ninela is an interdisciplinary designer and researcher who is passionate about working co-creatively with people to educate and inspire audiences towards innovation and collaboration on a global scale.
Senior Research Associate.
Katie is a designer whose work celebrates neuro-diversity and whose research explores how design can improve living environments for autistic adults.
Senior Designer, Helix Centre
Gianpaolo is an Industrial Designer with over eight years experience in product design and development in healthcare.
Senior Research Associate
Gail's work focuses on people-centred design and co-design approaches, whether in the context of employee wellbeing, community engagement or public attitudes to new technology.
Dr Gerard Briscoe
Dr Sidse Carroll
Stephen is an award-winning designer with a broad professional experience working across a range of sectors including; consumer goods, transportation, mobile communications and FMCG.
Indira is a creative technologist and developer with a background in 2D and 3D animation, XR, emerging technologies and data visualisation.
Juliette is a designer and researcher with a long-standing interest in the relationship between technology and people’s identity.
Dr Will Renel
Rosie is a designer, illustrator and researcher who is passionate about the affordances of user-led design and considerate information design.