The intergenerational co-design of Glasgow COP26 souvenirs

Rodgers, Paul and Egan, Kieren and McDonald, Alexandra and Gilliland, Gemma; (2022) The intergenerational co-design of Glasgow COP26 souvenirs. In: Proceedings of the Design Society. Design Society, HRV. (In Press)

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There has been an increasing interest in intergenerational activities where young people and older adults work together in the exchange of knowledge, build new concepts, methodologies and ways of thinking. With the leading international conference on climate change in Glasgow in November 2021, this paper presents an intergenerational co-design COP26 project between undergraduate design students and older adult learners where co-design pairs were tasked with manufacturing a Glasgow COP26 souvenir, exhibiting them and selling them in a COP26 'pop up' shop. The project delivered important learning and teaching components including a briefing and information event, project launch, design studio sessions, work in progress reviews with external design critics, and making and testing design prototypes. A total of 13 adult learners and 22 design students completed the project. In designing and developing the souvenirs, the co-design pairs were asked to consider a number of important factors including production costs, materials, size, value and the connection to Glasgow and COP26. The co-design pairs were also asked to consider a range of contemporary issues in product design and development and also consider Glasgow slogans and landmarks that could be translated into souvenir forms as well as safety and intellectual property (IP) issues.


Rodgers, Paul ORCID logoORCID:, Egan, Kieren ORCID logoORCID:, McDonald, Alexandra and Gilliland, Gemma;