The limits of inclusive design in the current design practice

Emilene Zitkus, P. Langdon, P. J. Clarkson

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The adoption of inclusive design principles and methods in the design practice is meant to support the equity of use of everyday products by as many people as possible independently of their age, physical, sensorial and cognitive capabilities. Although the intention is highly valuable, inclusive design approaches have not been widely applied in industrial context. This paper analyses the findings of an empirical research conducted with industrial designers and product managers. The research indicates some of the hindrances to the adoption of inclusive design, such as the current way the market is considered and targeted, and; the way the designers are driven by the project's brief and budget to orient their research strategy and activities. The paper proposes a way to improve the current industrial mode by strategically supplying clients, designers or both together with information about inclusivity.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGreen Design, Materials and Manufacturing Processes
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781138000469
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jun 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event2nd International Conference on Sustainable Intelligent Manufacturing - Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 26 Jun 201329 Jun 2013
Conference number: 2


Conference2nd International Conference on Sustainable Intelligent Manufacturing
Abbreviated titleSIM 2013


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