The Singaporean government is committed to creating a more inclusive society, yet there’s a lack of initiatives which will make this a reality for all.
My interactions with designers and the general population point me to three barriers. One, there is a lack of awareness about the need for and importance of inclusion. Two, those who are aware of its importance do not know where to begin or how to move forward. Three, naysayers are dismissive of the idea and say that it’s impossible to cater for everyone’s needs and wants.
Here, I attempt to inch us forward from these barriers, I offer three tips to help you start taking the practice of inclusive design seriously. It isn’t as difficult as many suggest, but it takes a clear understanding of what inclusive design is to see why.
We are very pleased to announce the 13th symposium in the DTRS (Design
Thinking Research Symposium) series, which will take place on April 20-22,
2021, at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel. The
theme of the symposium will be:
Expanding the frontiers of design: A blessing or a curse?
Showing solutions, telling a feel-good story… this may be the best way to solve the ecological, economical and social crises that our countries are going through.
After a special briefing for the journal Nature announced the possible extinction of a part of mankind before the end of the 21st century, Cyril Dion and Mélanie Laurent, together with a team of four people, carried out an investigation in ten different countries to figure out what may lead to this disaster and above all how to avoid it.
During their journey, they met the pioneers who are re-inventing agriculture, energy, economy, democracy and education. Joining those concrete and positive actions which are already working, they began to figure out what could be tomorrow’s world…
Whatever you may think of the man, Luigi Colani is a phenomenon. No other designer has managed in the course of his career to bring down, so to speak, so many pithy formulations on to himself. He has been described as court jester, big-mouth, loud speaker, provocateur, compulsive offender, visionary, charlatan, enfant terrible, or alternatively as the Cassius Clay, Inge Meysel or David Hasselhoff of design. He has been mocked as the ‘naturopath’ of the design world, or as a purveyor of tack, but also venerated as the Leonardo of plastic.
When I became paralyzed at the age of 15, I learned to live by hacking. Can’t walk anymore? Hack ambulation with a wheelchair.
15 or so years later, I live more or less independently. I drive my own car and I live in a house. I even dress and feed myself. But I still rely on hacks every day. To drive my own car, it needed to be hacked with hand controls. To live in a house, it needed to be hacked with ramps. And when hacks don’t work, I have to absolutely and completely rely on the kindness of strangers. I don’t know if you’ve met many strangers, but I wouldn’t say they’re all kind.