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INCLUSIVE DESIGN

Definition: An inclusive design, is one that allows maximum use, by the widest range of people, without the need to adapt or add accessories.

A good example of an inclusive design is a table that can be adjusted to a variety of heights. It allows people of different heights, including wheelchair users, to use it effectively. People can decide whether to stand or sit at the table.

 

INCLUSIVE DESIGN
ANTHROPOMETRICS AND
ERGONOMICS

Good inclusive product design, is based on detailed research into anthropometric data and then applying that data at the design stage. This can lead to a wider range of potential customers.

EXAMPLE: Compared to a standard gardening trowel, this gardening tool can be used by a wide range of people, including the elderly and those suffering from arthritis of the hands and fingers.

Example of good ergonomics leading to an inclusive design.

 
 
 

INCLUSIVE DESIGN AND
ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

Many potential customers think that products should be environmentally friendly.

To attract an inclusive customer base, product designers consider the 6Rs during a product’s design and development. ‘Carbon footprint’ is a growing environmental issue. The further away a product is manufactured from potential customers, the greater it’s carbon footprint.

SOLUTION: manufacture close to the place of sale / the marketplace.

 



     
 
 
QUESTIONS
 
1. What is Inclusive Design? 3 marks
 
 
 
 
2. Describe a product that you consider as being ‘inclusive’. Why is it an inclusive design? 3 marks
 
 
 
 
3. Why do product designers consider environmental issues, when developing an inclusive design? 2 marks
 
 
 
 
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