Formulating the Design Briefs #2

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20 September 2019

Design Brief 1: Senior Savvy Starts at Home

Develop a set of activities and gaming solutions that is targeted at youths and young adults to influence them to be more aware and mindful of their current relationships with their older family members (parents/grandparents etc.).


  • We need to address the issue of ageism on a micro-level – our families – before we critique how society (macro-level and meso-level) mistreats older adults.
  • Research shows that poor family relationships is one of the stronger predictors of ageist attitudes (Kennison et al.). The activities would help participants recall past memories they had with their family members.
  • Using play as a medium would help participants open up to each other and could create spontaneous sharing and learning.

Approaching the brief:

  • This brief asks for the design and facilitation of fun and interactive activities and games in hopes of enabling the younger generations to be more aware that their time with their ageing family members is limited and they should start caring for them more when they have the chance to.
  • The games and activities could also inform future development of games and activities that can be played in an intergenerational setting to help forge bonds and enhance understanding.

Kennison, Shelia & Byrd-Craven, Jennifer. (2018). Ageism in Young Adults: The Roles of Childhood Relationships with Parents and Attachment. Current Psychology.

Collaborators: Project Somebody (Ground-up initiative with 4 other team members)

Status: In the midst of testing activities and games. A workshop will be held on 5th Oct at the Senior Savvy event organised by Youth Corps.

Design Brief 2: Intergenerational Co-Creations

Develop a series of activities that would engage an intergenerational audience in a co-creation process for a project-based collaboration in the neighborhood that focus on their dreams and memories.


  • The activities provide opportunities for people of different generations to meet and work together.
  • Seniors and youths would work together as a team to complete a task/project together (cooperative play); they could learn and have fun together, fostering new friendships and deeper connections
  • Through the process, barriers could be broken down through effective communication and positive interactions These activities could also encourage mutual respect, reciprocity and collaborative learning across the generations.
  • Co-creation also helps to build ownership towards the end-product

Approaching the brief:

  • This brief asks for a set of tools and methodologies to assist in co-creation between the generations.
  • The end-product should be a showcase or display that represents the sense of community and should also create discourse on positive intergenerational relationships. The frameworks and tools created could be used to inform future designers on intergenerational collaboration. 

Design Brief 3: Generation to Generation

Design an artefact that will assist the younger generations in inciting their interest to uncover past memories with their families – mainly their parents and grandparents.


  • Past memories are important to everyone as they give us a nostalgic feeling and remind us of the happy times with our loved ones.
  • Photographs and memorabilia are visual representations of past stories, feelings, places, and most importantly, the people. The physical family photo book is a treasured possession of families as it contains many cherished memories.
  • It is also a keepsake that can be passed down from generation to generation. However, they are far less common today than in the past.

Approaching the brief:

  • This brief asks for a social mechanism to induce a collaborative activity between the generations to unearth hidden narratives and stories, relive past memories, and hopefully, create new adventures together.