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19 FEBRUARY 2010

Research Institute for Consumer Affairs: inclusive design

"The concept of Universal Design goes beyond the mere provision of special features for various segments of the population. Instead it emphasises a creative approach that is more inclusive, one that asks at the outset of the design process how a product, graphic communication, building, or public space can be made both aesthetically pleasing and functional for the greatest number of users. Designs resulting from this approach serve a wider array of people including individuals with temporary or permanent disabilities, parents with small children, and everyone whose abilities change with age.'"

(Jane Alexander)

Jane Alexander, Strategies for teaching universal design, taken from Hubert Froyen, Crisp &Clear, Number 4, European Institute of Design and Disability, 2000.

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comfort • commoditycommunicationdesigndesign responsibility • diverse ability • engineering • equitable • ergonomic designergonomics • error tolerance • forminclusive designinnovationinteraction designintuitive designmobilityperceptionposture • Research Institute for Consumer Affairs • Ricability • sensory abilityuniversal designusabilityuser researchUser-Centred Design (UCD)visual communicationvisualisation

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Simon Perkins
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