Life-Span Design


A man and woman laying in bed smiling for the camera.

Recognizing the need is the primary condition for design.

~ Charles Eames, architect and graphic designer

Michel Philibert, French philosopher and gerontologist, has purposed that we are at the dawn of a new understanding where aging is defined as a pattern of change throughout the entire life-span. So designing for children, older people, and people with “disabilities” is not thinking about separate groups of users–but a spectrum of human-environment interaction.


Author’s Note: The word “disabilities” was put in quotes to emphasize the fact that often environmental design limitations define a disability.

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