Designed by the user!
I am always curious how older people adapt to the world around them as they get frail. I am often amazed how they „design“ things for themselves. I had the privilege in July to be a passenger on the Queen Mary 2 from Portsmouth Harbour in England to New York (past the statue of liberty early in the morning, stunning). Here is the „design“ story: In the wonderful library of the QM2 I met an older gentleman on his walker. He had tennis balls split open and stuck to the legs of the walker. I approached him politely and asked him about the purpose of the tennis balls. I thought he was trying to make no imprints on the luxurious carpet – “Oh no,” he said, “the tennis balls prevent me from slipping with my walker”. So much for ingenious “design for all.” I thanked him and walked away after asking permission to take a picture (see below).