Notions of designing inclusively from practitioner perspectives

Lamirande, Maxim; Alexiou, Katerina and Luck, Rachael (2022). Notions of designing inclusively from practitioner perspectives. In: DRS2022: Research Papers (Lockton, D.; Lenzi, S.; Hekkert, P.; Oak, A.; Sádaba, J. and Lloyd, P. eds.).



Even though inclusion is a well-researched subject in design, the numerous ways to describe and understand it are unsettled. The theoretical landscape often leads into paradoxes about how to best practice inclusion in design development processes. Instead, this study probes present-day understandings of designing inclusively from the perspective of practitioners who adopt an inclusive approach. A review of existing literature helped formulate preliminary notions that guide discussions with practitioners recruited across different domains. Iterative analysis of the data from these interviews reveals some differences between the original theoretical constructs and how they are perceived and used in practice. This paper outlines the notions reformed through practitioners’ lived experiences: They are Proof of Logic, Governing Ways of Thinking, User Accessibility, Project Constraints, User Involvement, Design Stages, and Outcomes and Impact. The research can help untangle the issues that matter to practitioners which can ultimately help inform future practice.

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