Seoul Design Week features minority-friendly design expo


Seoul Design Week, which opened at the Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) and COEX, Wednesday, features a large expo of minority-friendly designs, among other design exhibitions and festivities.

The “2015 Universal Design Expo,” in which 55 companies participate, is divided into three zones _ a model house with various functions for an extended family comprised of disabled and elderly members, a zone featuring facilities at a hospital, school, office and silver town for the disabled and elderly and a transport zone with wheelchairs, buses and taxis for the disabled.

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.