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Transgenerational Design Matters is a private educational, research, and advocacy organization.



Our Mission

—improve the quality of life for people of all ages and abilities by advocating, promoting, and advancing...

TRANSGENERATIONAL DESIGN: the practice of making products and environments compatible with those physical and sensory impairments associated with human aging and which limit major life activities.

WE ACCOMPLISH OUR MISSION through design, research, education, and communication projects and activities—providing specialized information, training programs, design consultations, and product and environmental evaluations for corporations, businesses, public and private organizations, and academic programs.

Founding Director

James Joseph Pirkl, FIDSA is professor emeritus of industrial design, former senior research fellow at Syracuse University's All-University Gerontology Center, and a Fellow of the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA). An internationally respected industrial design educator, writer and lecturer, he is described as a "key figure in universal design" by the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum. The author of two influential books, his views have appeared in such publications as Dwell, ID Magazine, Machine Design, Mechanical Engineering, Metropolis, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today.

Become a Supporting Partner

IF YOU BELIEVE IN OUR WORK AND MISSION, we invite you to become a supporting partner. Help us in our efforts to humanize the designs of tomorrow's products and environments. Join our network of like-minded individuals, companies, and organizations who believe in the power of transgenerational design to transform the quality of life for people of all ages and abilities.

Contact us now to contribute, or express your interest in helping us improve our effectiveness in achieving our common goal. We welcome your valuable advice, critical comments, or helpful suggestions.

We look forward to hearing from you!

 

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