Moving the Needle: Inclusivity in Design

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A look at how illustration played a major role in 2017’s biggest redesigns. It was marked by debate on diversity, inclusivity, and sexism, from the sterile halls of Silicon Valley to the studios of the entertainment industry, and across the political spectrum.

Universal Design (UD) is an approach to design that increases the potential for developing a better quality of life for a wide range of individuals. It is a design process that enables and empowers a diverse population by improving human performance, health and wellness, and social participation (Steinfeld and Maisel, 2012). It creates products, systems, and environments to be as usable as possible by as many people as possible regardless of age, ability or situation.