Disability transformed

The 'blade runner' Oscar Pistorius, South African paralympic athlete.
The 'blade runner' Oscar Pistorius, South African paralympic athlete.

There are only a few more weeks until the Paralympics come home to Britain and at the National Centre for Craft and Design staff are busy preparing for a summer exhibition opening in July looking at how enabling design has transformed disability.

In the face of adversities the human race has an uncanny ability to survive, repair, learn and improve. The exhibition, Transformers, will look at the brains behind some of these designs and innovations and at the people who use them.

Divided into six sections exploring sport, fashion, materials and technologies, domestic and work place design and the cyborg phenomenon; this exhibition will feature over 60 objects, films and still photography, each exploring different aspects of how design and invention is used to overcome disability.

The Main Gallery exhibition runs from July 14 to September 30. Transformers will showcase the designs and technologies that have enabled us to work harder, look better, feel stronger and move faster.

The exhibition will chart the development of materials and technologies that have made today’s designs more user-friendly and efficient; it will explore the inventions employed on a daily basis to make life easier around the home and it will study the work place to see how design has helped integrate workers of all abilities.

The exhibition also examines the importance sport plays in empowering and improving lives. It looks at the styles and fashions and the significance of disability becoming a positive image in advertising and considers how digital technology, body augmentation and robotics are becoming an everyday reality in improving and enabling mankind.