Design

This year, the theme for the UN's International Day of Older People, centred around tapping into the talents and contributions
It's September and my social media is jam packed with photos of children heading back to school. For some, it is the very first time they will enter our education system. But what many of them don't know is that the jobs they will eventually find and settle into later down the line are not the jobs that exist today. 65% of children entering primary school this month will work in jobs in the future we don't even know about yet.
It takes almost 1800 gallons of water to produce a pair of jeans. If we physically saw that wastage, I'm sure many of us would get a nasty shock at actually how much of an impact it has on the environment. To paint the picture a little clearer, an average bath is 36 gallons, so that's around 50 baths. That just sounds ridiculous.
Most of the electronic goods we dispose of eventually end up in developing countries (for computers, the figure is 90%). Most of this equipment is repaired and sold on; creating jobs and allowing access to cheap IT for those who would otherwise not benefit from it.
What do you want to be when you're older? A common question asked of children. But why are we not asking people over 50 the same question?
And yet from that very medium comes a new video game so beautiful, so full of humanity and universally moving themes, that it shakes one into believing the world may not be lost. On the contrary, on a number of levels, it signals that the world could be barrelling towards a brighter, more emotionally-intelligent future than we had thought.
As the election looms, the familiar education, education, education mantra is loud and proud - promises of more funding for primary schools, grammar schools and the abolition of tuition fees. But as intelligent machines silently march on and integrate discreetly into the fabric of our workplaces, where is the investment for education and skills for our adult workforce?
And with evolving aspirations for wellness and experiences, a need for flexibility, recognition and self-development, it will be the brands that engage and entertain their female audience on an intuitive level - and give them an emotional and intellectual incentive to spend time with them - that she will trust.
We know. It sucks. You haven't even stepped into a bridal shop yet and you're already wide-eyed at the cost of all the paper you've got to think about. Save the dates, place cards, table plans, escort cards. Not to mention the invitations themselves!
Light has become a unique point of interest within the built environment on three fronts; sustainability, mental health, and