Hello, we are The Pretty, Good Project
We showcase products, ideas and spaces that look great (pretty) and make life easier (good). We do this to help people as they get older but also just because we think ease and elegance in everyday things makes life a little bit nicer for everyone.
We scour the high street, the internet, design studios and universities to find hidden gems and talent. We bring them all together in one place for you to buy, or just to inspire.
We also take them on the road and put them through their paces over a cup of tea (sometimes wine!) at our product testing cafes.
Our aim is to get people talking about how our everyday surroundings help or hinder us and show how inclusive design can help everybody at every stage of life.
We are a social enterprise and were established in 2016 by Laura.
What we're about
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“We’re all going to be older one day – all being well – and there are so many really beautiful, interesting things we can do to our homes now to make life a little bit easier. The really cool thing is that if you make somewhere or something work for older people, you also make it work for lots of other people too – think parents, buggies, injuries, illnesses, disabled people, left-handed people, tall people. We can all benefit from more inclusive design.”
Laura Wigzell, Founder
Read more about us on our blog
No need for buzzwords, all we need is a fresh look at home improvement.
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A personal experience of trying to make prettygoodproject.org an inclusive site and the inaccessibility of accessibility guidelines.
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How the The Pretty, Good Project came to be and why we do what we do.
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We are a social enterprise
A social enterprise is a business that has a social purpose and re-invests profit back into achieving that social purpose.
We do what we do because we sincerely believe it is an important part of improving our experience of ageing and will change our society for the better, but doing this costs money and we all need to make a living. With an ever increasing ageing population, this conversation will only become more important as time goes by, so we need to be able to sustain ourselves long term. So rather than a charity that requires constant grants and fundraising to keep afloat, we strive to be self-funding.
How we make money
We operate a shop on our website of products we think are Pretty, Good, but we do not sell these products directly. Rather we use affiliate links and receive commission (usually between 1-10% depending on the product) from the supplier should you go on to make a purchase with them via our site. Any money we make through this goes directly back into our social enterprise to champion benefits and possibilities of inclusive design to make life easier as we age and nicer for us all (however, at the moment it barely covers the cost of hosting of our website!). We hope one day it will allow us to run more testing cafes to spread word further and provide invaluable feedback for designers.
Of course, you can also donate if you appreciate our work and want to help us along our way (and help us buy higher quality biscuits for our testers), but we do this for the love, not the money, so we’d really love you just to tell people about us.
The small print
We are not impartial; we openly favour what we, and our testers, think is beautiful, thoughtful design and only the things that score consistently highly with our testers make it to our shop. But we are also honest; if a product had flaws we say so no matter what (even if they ask us really nicely, with chocolates, or wine, or gold bullion).
We are not designers and we are not medical professionals and we don’t pretend to know you or your situation. We do not make recommendations because that would be impossible – no two people’s lives are the same and your life choices are up to you, not us.
The Pretty, Good, Project simply raises awareness of existing products already on the market and openly available for anyone to buy for themselves. We help give people more information and choice about their surroundings. We highlight product features and how they might be useful in different scenarios but then leave the next step entirely up to you
To discuss more specialist adaptations and needs, we always recommend getting advice from your GP, local community equipment supplier, Daily Living Centre or Occupational Therapist, who do amazing work every day.