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Design for Aging, Your Future-Self

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The stereotypical product image for seniors entails bigger buttons, bigger text, and bigger screens. When it comes to designing for the elderly, it is not necessary to dumb down technologies. In this talk, we’ll take a different perspective on aging: Rather than focusing on their disabilities such as loss of vision/hearing/memory, we look into the rich dimensions of their lives, their surrounding communities, and discuss how design can contribute in this domain.
We move beyond usability, and introduce “Design for Aging” as a process of innovation. We will present our design research approach in detail, including our thoughts behind the emerging trends on aging. We will share our experience on how we discovered the aging populations' inspirations, aspirations, values and challenges to their daily lives.
This talk plans to introduce you to "Inclusive Design", inspire you to take on different lenses, and offer plenty of design opportunities in the domain of aging.


Carina Ngai Product Design Lead Inflection

Carina Ngai is currently the Product Design Lead at Inflection, building a new data platform that focuses on experience design and user empowerment. Prior to Inflection, Carina was the Design Futurist in Samsung’s UX Innovations Lab, where she led projects that define future consumer electronic experience in the next 5 years across multiple platforms. Carina had also led the experience design in Adobe’s consumer product line, Photoshop and Premiere Elements. Her work explores and studies people’s motivations, challenges, and contexts to map new design opportunities, and strategic roadmap for new and existing products/services. Carina regularly speaks at conferences and leads design workshops around the world. She also lectured and published on the practice of design research, interaction design, and inclusive design at the University of Applied Sciences in Basel Switzerland; Art Institute of California in US; Royal College of Art in London UK. Carina holds a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Media Design from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, and a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Neuroscience from the University of California, Los Angeles.