Graham Pullin Presentation at IHCD

Graham Pullin author of Design Meets Disability Presentation
at The Institute for Human Centered Design
Tuesday June 25, 2013 at 12 pm
200 Portland Street, Boston, MA 02114
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Discussion of disability-related design can still feel to be at a basic level. A more sophisticated discourse will require that universal design and disability studies become more informed about the nuances of design, just as design itself needs to become more inclusive.

Two approaches together illustrate the diversity of contributions that could yet be made. 'Critical design' means using design to explore issues and ask questions rather than to directly provide solutions to problems: this could unlock new ways of thinking about areas of disability-related design that have become set into traditional responses.

'Supernormal design' is used to mean design so subtle as to leave an object looking almost undesigned (in a good way), yet feeling familiar and approachable: despite its inappropriate name may be very appropriate to aspirations that many people share for universal design. (And the two approaches come together in the important role that supernormal design can play within critical design).

Both approaches are very difficult to do well, with the intended outcome. Including disabled people in the design process is quite rightly an ethical issue. Including better designers is a means to an end, but one that still feels just as radical and valuable.

This event is free and open to the public. Light lunch will be served.