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Designers and manufacturers' perspectives on inclusive/universal design

Designers and manufacturers' perspectives on inclusive/universal design

Dong, H., Keates, S. and Clarkson, P. J. (2003) Designers and manufacturers' perspectives on inclusive/universal design. In: DS 31: Proceedings of ICED 03, the 14th International Conference on Engineering Design, Stockholm: Design in industry - methods and technology transfer. The Design Society, Stockholm, Sweden, pp. 511-512. ISBN 1-904670-00-8

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Abstract

Inclusive design in the U.K. and its U.S. counterpart, universal design, present opportunities
and challenges to industry. In order to encourage manufacturers and design companies to
adopt more inclusive design practices, the research has been carried out to gain an
understanding of why and how companies adopt inclusive design practices, what are the
barriers when implementing them and what are the key strategies for facilitating
inclusive/universal design in an industrial context.
Based on interviews with a number of U.K. design consultancies and an investigation among
manufacturers in the U.S., a comparison between U.K. consultant designers and U.S.
consumer product manufacturers’ perspectives on inclusive/universal design was made. It was
found that designers are reluctant to sacrifice the aesthetics of the brand to design for
inclusion, but nevertheless would like to have practical tools to help them develop more
inclusive solutions. For manufacturers, the key motivation for such practices is that of
government regulation and legislation requiring the accessibility of products and services.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Title of Proceedings: DS 31: Proceedings of ICED 03, the 14th International Conference on Engineering Design, Stockholm: Design in industry - methods and technology transfer
Additional Information: [1] Full paper no.: DS31_1054FPB [2] Pages: 511-512 (exec.summ.) [3] International conference on engineering design ICED 03 was held in Stockholm, Sweden 19-21 August 2003 [4] Acknowledgments (funding): The authors wish to thank the Royal Mail Group and the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (grant GR/M69470/01) for funding this research.
Uncontrolled Keywords: designers and manufacturers perspectives inclusive/universal design, Reflective practice, survey, design philosophy
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
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URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/12945

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