The playground’s “universal design” concept calls for play equipment and layouts to not just be accessible, but to encourage interaction between children of different mental and physical abilities.
I am an accessibility tester & consultant at IBM, and I also happen to be a person with low-vision (I can see some, but not much) who uses technology.
I am also all-too familiar with the “pain” of getting mostly through an online order, only to discover a “submit” button that’s not visible.
Located at the Royal College of Art, this center undertakes design research and projects with industry that will contribute to improving people’s lives. Its focus is on from design for ageing population to design to improve people’s lives across a range of social needs.
The Norwegian Design Council has featured a concept car, designed by the electric car company Think, as an example of how companies should incorperate inclusive design in the design process. Think’s concept car incorporates modern communication and information technology, allowing users to connect to various applications or social media sites. Users can create personalized profiles that set the size, color, and contrast of the digital dashboard as well as the car’s other interfaces. These profiles could be saved and transferred from car to car, so that even when you rent or borrow a car, it can “become your car” by displaying your personalized settings. During the design process, Think interviewed users with a wide range of ages and mobility requirements in order to understand their needs. The result is that the car company has developed a concept that would work for a wide range of potential users.