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Professor Roger Coleman

Roger Coleman is Professor Emeritus of the Royal College of Art. Roger co-founded and co-directed the Helen Hamlyn Research Centre from 1999 to 2006 and was Professor of Inclusive Design at the Royal College of Art until July 2008.

The Helen Hamlyn Centre builds on the internationally respected DesignAge programme, which Roger directed from its launch in 1991. In 1994 he established a European network specialising in design and ageing. In 1995 the RCA was awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in recognition of his work. Roger was the recipient of a Ron Mace Universal Design Award in 2000, and a Sir Misha Black Award for Innovation in Design Education in 2001. He became a Vice-President of the College of Occupational Therapists in 2005.

Trained at Edinburgh University and College of Art, Roger was, until 2002, a director of R&D companies, London Innovation and Lynch Intellectual Property Ltd. He was a jury member and later Inclusive Worlds Panel Chair for the RSA Student Design Awards. He was also a founder member and executive director of the performance arts group, Welfare State International, and closely involved in the establishment of the Greater London Council’s Technology Networks in the 1980s.

He worked closely with Professor John Clarkson, Director of the Engineering Design Centre at Cambridge University, as a Principal Investigator on the i~design series of EPSRC-funded research programmes which extend up to October 2010. The primary focus of this work was to develop inclusive design tools and guidance for industry.

In 2001 he established the Include conference series at the RCA, and authored a Design Council Policy Paper Living Longer: the new context for design, which makes recommendations to government and industry on design responses to population ageing. In 2003 he co-edited Inclusive Design: design for the whole population, a major textbook on the subject, and took a leading role in drafting BS7000-6 on inclusive design management, published in February 2005.

In 2003 Roger co-led a team from the RCA, Cambridge and Surrey in a study commissioned by the UK Department of Health into how the effective use of design could reduce medical accidents. This was was honoured with the President’s Medal of the Ergonomics Society 2005.

This study underpinned a series of practical design projects undertaken by the Helen Hamlyn Centre, resulting in design exemplars and practical guidance on information design in medical packaging (with the NPSA), performance requirements for emergency ambulances (with the NPSA and Ambulance Service Association) and an intelligent resuscitation trolley (with St Mary’s Hospital Paddington and Imperial College).

Selected Publications
Hignett, S, Crumpton E, Coleman R, (2008) Designing emergency ambulances for the 21st century in Emergency Medicine Journal

Harrow D & Coleman R (2008), Design For Patient Safety: Future Ambulances, Improving Patient Safety Conference proceedings July 2008,Ergonomics Society, ISBN 978-0-9554225-2-2

Harrow D, Coleman R, Matthews E & Thompson R (2008), 'Smart Pods': New Vehicle To Take Healthcare To The Community, Improving 
Patient Safety Conference proceedings July 2008, Ergonomics Society, ISBN 978-0-9554225-2-2

Coleman R (2008) Evidence based design for patient safety: challenges and methodologies /Improving Patient Safety Conference proceedings/ July 2008, Ergonomics Society, ISBN 978-0-9554225-2-2

West J & Coleman R. (2008) Protection in medication: embedding safer pack design in pharmaceutical supply chain priorities, Improving Patient Safety Conference proceedings, July 2008, Ergonomics Society, ISBN 978-0-9554225-2-2

Matthews E, West J, Halls S & Coleman R (2008) Closing the loop: taking evidence-based designs into manufacture. Improving Patient Safety Conference proceedings, July 2008, Ergonomics Society, ISBN 978-0-9554225-2-2

West J, Halls S, Coleman R & Lowe C (2008) Resus:station: breathing life back into resuscitation. Improving Patient Safety Conference proceedings, July 2008, Ergonomics Society, ISBN 978-0-9554225-2-2

Halls S, Cousins D, Coleman R & Matthews E (2008) Safer drug delivery: Improving the design of infusion devices, Improving Patient Safety Conference proceedings/ July 2008, Ergonomics Society ISBN 978-0-9554225-2-2

Halls S, Cousins D & Coleman R (2008) Injectable medicines: From safe design to safe use, Improving Patient Safety Conference proceedings, July 2008, Ergonomics Society ISBN 978-0-9554225-2-2

Coleman R, Clarkson J, Cassim J & Dong H. (eds.) (2007) Design for Inclusivity Gower, Hants UK

Clarkson J, Coleman R, Hosking I & Waller S. (2007) Inclusive design toolkit Engineering Design Centre, University of Cambridge, UK

Clarkson J, Coleman R, Hosking I & Waller S. (2007) Inclusive design toolkit, BT web publication

Coleman R, Harrow D, Evans O, Kunur M, Halls S, Kafka D, Jones A, Crumpton E & Hignett S. (2007) Design for Patient Safety: Future ambulances, London, NHS National Patient Safety Agency & Helen Hamlyn Trust

Hignett S, Jones A, Crumpton E, Harrow D, Evans O, Kunur M, Halls S, Kafka D & Coleman R. (2007) Designing future ambulance transport for Patient Safety: Research undertaken, London, NHS National Patient Safety Agency & Helen Hamlyn Trust.

Coleman R. (2006) From Margins to Mainstream: Why inclusive design is better design, The Ergonomics Society Annual Lecture

Buckle P, Clarkson J, Coleman R, Ward J, Anderson J. (2006) ‘Patient safety, systems design and ergonomics’, Applied Ergonomics. 37, 4, 491-500.

Coleman R. (2005) (panel member) BS 7000-6 Design management systems, part 6: managing inclusive design - guide, British Standards Institution, London

Coleman R, Lebbon C, Hewer S & Corcoran J. (2005) RSA Inclusive Design Toolkit: a web resource for designers and educators, RSA London

Clarkson P, Buckle P, Coleman R, Stubbs D, Ward J, Jarret J, Lane R & Bound J. (2004) Design for patient safety: a system-wide design-led approach to tackling patient safety in the NHS, Department of Health Publications, London, ISBN 1-84182-765-7

Clarkson P, Buckle P, Coleman R, Stubbs D, Ward J, Jarret J, Lane R & Bound J. (2004) Design for patient safety: a scoping study to identify how the effective use of design could help to reduce medical accidents, Engineering Design Centre, University of

Clarkson J, Coleman R, Keates S & Lebbon C. (2003) Inclusive Design: design for the whole population, Springer Verlag, London

Coleman R. (2003) ‘Inclusive Design’ in About Design, Design Council of England, London

Coleman R. (2002) Living Longer: the new context for design, Design Council Policy Papers series, Design Council, London

Coleman R. (2001) ‘Designing for Our Future Selves’, Universal Design Handbook, Preiser W, Ostroff E, (eds), McGraw-Hill, New York

Coleman R. (2000) ‘Design for Later Life: beyond a problem orientation’, Care Services for Later Life: transformations and critiques, Warnes T, Warren L, Nolan M, (eds), Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London

Aldersey-Williams H, Bound J & Coleman R. (Eds.) (1999) ‘The Methods Lab: user research for design’, PRESENCE: new media for older people, Hofmeester K & de Charon de Saint Germain E. (Eds.) Netherlands Design Institute, Amsterdam

Coleman R. (1999) ‘Design for the Old and you Include the Young: the 1998 Bernard Isaacs Memorial Lecture’ Gerontology 26 1-2, Israel Gerontological Society, Tel Aviv

Coleman R. (1999) ‘Inclusive Design’ Human Factors in Product Design: Current Practice and Future Trends, Jordan P, Green W, (eds), Taylor & Francis, London

Coleman R. (1998) ‘Improving the Quality of Life of Older People by Design’, Gerontechnology: A Sustainable Investment in the Future, Graafmans, J, Taipale, V, & Charness, N (eds) Studies in Health Technology and Informatics Vol. 48, IOS Press, Amsterdam

Coleman R. (1998) The Art of Work: an epitaph to skill (Japanese edition with additional chapters and revised text), Agne, Tokyo, ISBN 4-900508-08-x (originally published under the same title by Pluto Press, London, 1988)

Coleman R. (Ed) (1997) Design für die Zukunft (Design for the Future), DuMont Buchverlag, Cologne,

Brouwer-Janse M, Coleman R, Fulton-Suri J, Yawitz M, de Vries G, Fozard J. (1997)

Coleman, R. (1994) ‘The Case for Inclusive Design - an overview’ Proceedings of the 12th Triennial Congress, Intern

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Roger Coleman