There are lots of definitions available for inclusive design, from academic frameworks based on the seven principles through to definitions by organisation such as CABE and the Centre for Accessible Environments. We don’t define inclusive design, we implement it.
At idacs we believe that inclusive design is a process that helps make design outputs more useable by a wider range of people. It’s that simple.
Many design processes rely on design parameters based on a perception of ‘average’, or ‘normal’. This has led to products and environments that are only really perfect to use if you happen to be the Vitruvian man. This approach of designing means that the products and environment only really meet the needs of a very small minority of people, everyone else is in effect ‘making do’. Inclusive design addresses this issue by encouraging a design process that meets a wide range of needs, reduces the effort required and offers choice when no single solution will do.
To find out more about inclusive design please contact us.