Shyamala on Universal Design

| 0 Comments

Shyamala takes us through a Universal Design process with three personas at her post "Universal Design"

She lists the seven principles with this introduction:

While designing, we need to keep in mind all set of users and this is where the concept of "Universal Design" comes into picture. The word "universal design" may seem simple, but it holds lots of concepts, principles, techniques and process from a designer's and end-user's perspective. Let's understand universal design in detail.

and concludes with this rights-oriented observation:

Irrespective of age, ability or disability and situations, every has the right to effectively use any products or services, hence designers should always be conscious about this fact and implement their design ideas to serve one and everyone. This is what universal design means.

The work we have done in Asia through ICAT 2005 and ICAT 2007 is set on the rights-based approach that was ultimately codified in Article 30 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

It is encouraging to see a user interface developer and search engine optimization specialist like Shymala extrapolating from the virtual to the concrete world in the three examples she gives in here article. It is an extra bonus to see her bring the argument full circle to ground the theoretical in a vision of justice with a short article introducing a set of questions reaching beyond the questioner's body experience, a set of principles produced by those with the body experience being queried, a design process, examples of best practices.

Yes, Shyamla is right. Justice is what Universal Design is about - a justice that benefits all because it preferentially invests human appreciative inquiry, design process, and manufacturing toil specifically on the disability community.

That is intelligent and affirmative action.




Leave a comment

Recent Entries

Short Holidays in the US: A Lifestyle Conference (NY or FL)
A short holiday suggestion for those in the US: Take in an Expo that enhances your life and lifestyle:Try the…
Shyamala on Universal Design
Shyamala takes us through a Universal Design process with three personas at her post "Universal Design"She lists the seven principles…
Sharon Rickman: Coder and Poet
Sharon Rickman adds a touch of humor to the experience of travel with a disability. From her "official" biography:Sharon Rickman,…
Adaptive Path: A Story of Travel With a Purpose
Adaptive Path has been involved in the design of Changemaker's site according to this press release They are also involved…
Professor Ricardo Gomes on Universal Design in Design for All India
The following editorial introduces the downloadable magazine, Design for All India, May 2009 issue: From the Editors Desk: In…
Osooyos, British Columbia: Getting Ready to Roll!
Osoyoos (officially pronounced /ɒˈsuːjuːs/ os-SOO-yoos;[1][2] commonly mispronounced /əˈsɔɪjuːs/ ə-SOY-yoos) wants to become one of the destinations of choice for people…
New Certifications: Universal Design Certified Remodeler (UDCR) and the Master Certified Remodeler (MCR)
The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) announced two new certification programs.  The Universal Design Certified Remodeler (UDCR) and…
Políticas de Accesibilidad Universal (Spanish)
Desde la Argentina:    El candidato a intendente por el Partido Popular, Pedro Braillard Poccard, llamo a sus competidores a firmar…