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Inclusive design and making in practice: Bringing bodily experience into closer contact with making

Luck, Rachael (2017). Inclusive design and making in practice: Bringing bodily experience into closer contact with making. Design Studies (Early Access).

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This paper develops our understanding of the nature of inclusive design, first through critique of controversies that to some degree downplay inclusive design as a distinct design movement. Attentive of these criticisms we then observe designer-making practices in two cases, which respect individual difference and encourage a more material mode of participation. By bringing the bodily experience of people with (dis)abilities more closely into their own design processes we see positive characteristics and advantage in inclusive design’s closer connections with making. This research advocates the expansion of inclusive design into a more material, inclusive designer-making movement, to acknowledge the universal problem of designing for everyone’s unique difference.

Item Type: Journal Item
ISSN: 0142-694X
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Universalism, universal design and equitable access to the designed environment (XD-13-061-RL)Not SetEC (European Commission): FP (inc.Horizon2020 & ERC schemes)
Extra Information: This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC ND license
Keywords: design process, inclusive design, making, social design, participatory design
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: Design and Innovation
Health and Wellbeing PRA (Priority Research Area)
Item ID: 52621
Depositing User: Rachael Luck
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2017 16:05
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2019 05:12
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