Accessibility has historically been focused on creating more inclusive products and spaces for people with mobility disabilities. However in recent years there has been more of a focus on how to address sensory issues (i.e. Deaf Space.) We recently came across this fascinating blog post by Ian Ford, who lays out some of the guiding principles he believes are necessary for “autistic space.”
Call for entries for the 2014 Universal Design Award will be open until December 20, 2013. The awards are being organized by iF - UNIVERSAL DESIGN + SERVICE, Munich. The entries will be judged by a panel of experts in the filed as well as end users, who will determine the winners of the consumer favorite award. All entries will be on display during the entire Munich Creative Business Week 2014 (www.mcbw.de). And the Awards Ceremony will take place during MCBW.
The Design for All Foundation has announced the opening of call for entries to the International Design for All Foundation Awards 2014. The deadline for submitting entries is January 2, 2014.
The term Universal Design was coined by Ronald L. Mace, founder and former program director of The Center for Universal Design at North Carolina State University. In 1997 Ron Mace collaborated with a group of architects, product designers, engineers and environmental designers to develop the Seven Principles of Universal Design.
Universal Design makes things safer, easier and more convenient for everyone.
Universal Design involves designing products and spaces so that they can be used by the widest range of people possible. Universal Design evolved from Accessible Design, a design process that addresses the needs of people with disabilities. Universal Design goes further by recognizing that there is a wide spectrum of human abilities. Everyone, even the most able-bodied person, passes through childhood, periods of temporary illness, injury and old age. By designing for this human diversity, we can create things that will be easier for all people to use.