A New Viewpoint on Inclusive Design Practice: Implementing Design in a Small Manufacturing Company

By Angela Stone, Nick Mathers and Avril Thomson.

Published by The Design Collection

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In recent years, a great deal has been written on Inclusive Design, and its attempts to make products accessible to as many people as possible; the most formal and thorough of these is probably BS 7000:2005*, which gives an accurate definition of the concept:
*“Inclusive Design: design of mainstream products and/or services that are accessible to, and usable by, people with the widest range of abilities within the widest range of situations without the need for special adaptation or design.”
Most Inclusive Design papers view the issue from making commercial products available to those with impairments however these do not address the issue of making special needs products suitable for those that may not require them but still have to live with them. With the increasing application of inclusive design the special needs market will narrow but not all products will meet specialist requirements, and as such, there will still be a market for special needs products, but these must be ‘inclusive’ of as many people as possible. It is important to understand that special needs products are not only used by those with disabilities. They often replace key products in the home to make coping with day-to-day tasks simpler, but also may have to be used by all other members of the household.

Keywords: Inclusive Design, Design for All, Design Practice, Included Design

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp.119-126. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 957.704KB).

Dr. Angela Stone

Lecturer, Department of Design, Manufacture and Engineering Management, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK

Angela Stone obtained her B.Eng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering (Sandwich) with a classification of 2.1 in 1990 and then proceeded to read for a PhD, which she obtained in 1994. Since then Angela has worked for Oxford Instruments on New Product Development of off-line quality control equipment. She started her career as an academic in 1996 at Staffordshire University as a Senior Lecturer in Engineering Design / Design Technology. During her time at Stafford she worked on the development of EdNet, an engineering design network. This environment was designed to manage the student learning process as well as to a limited extent facilitate group working for open learning. In August 2002 Angela moved employment to the University of Strathclyde and the Department of Design, Manufacture and Engineering Management where she is employed as nn Academic Supervisor. Angela is actively involved with Knowledge Transfer Partnerships funded by the DTI and undertaken within industry. These projects are primarily concerning new product development and implementation and sustaining of excellent design practice within the workplace. These projects include computer supported cooperative work.

Nick Mathers

Design Engineer, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK

Nick Mathers graduated from the University of Glasgow/Glasgow School of Art in 2005 with an MEng in Product Design Engineering. Nick has since been involved in a Knowledge Transfer Partnership bringing Industry and Academia together. He is currently studying for an MPhil relating to inclusive design practice through the University of Strathclyde.

Dr. Avril Thomson

University of Strathclyde, UK


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