Can Computer Graphic System be Used to Inform Designers about Inclusivity?

Emilene Zitkus De Andrade, Patrick Langdon, P. John Clarkson

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During the last decades many methods have been developed to inform designers about accessibility and usability problems in new design concepts. Most recently, as the elderly population has been increasing, other efforts have been made to prevent problems caused by losses of capability that result from the ageing process. For instance, there are mechanisms that measures the exclusion caused by certain tasks to enable product developers to estimate how many people will not be able to use their product, service or interface.
Despite the diversity of currently available methods and the value of the information provided by them, the majority is underused in industrial context. As part of an on-going research that investigates effective ways to supply designers with knowledge about accessibility and inclusion, this paper analyses an alternative way to advise designers about the features of a new concept design. Computer graphic system was identified as a possible accessibility and inclusivity information medium. However, the use of three dimensional (3D) digital modelling and graphic software very early in design activity is not clear. In fact, most cited literature in design activity acknowledges the use of computer graphics systems only at advanced stages of the design process.
The paper presented here analyses the design activity to understand the use of 3D digital modelling and graphic software in the early stages of design process in industrial context. In addition, it examines how the use of such tools differs among industrial design domains. The outcomes elucidate how computer graphic systems could be used to inform designers about accessibility and inclusion.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDS 70
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of DESIGN 2012, the 12th International Design Conference, Dubrovnik, Croatia
EditorsDorian Marjanovic, Mario Štorga, Neven Pavkovic, Nenad Bojcetic
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event12th International Design Conference - Dubrovnik, Croatia
Duration: 21 May 201224 May 2012
Conference number: 12

Publication series

ISSN (Print)1847-9073


Conference12th International Design Conference
Abbreviated titleDESIGN 2012


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