Universal design : creating inclusive environments by Edward Steinfeld

By Edward Steinfeld

The hot regular textual content at the subject, common layout introduces designers to the foundations and perform of designing for each person. From the rules of accessibility and getting older to the perform of designing interiors, items, housing and transportation structures, all elements of this turning out to be box are explored. overlaying most sensible practices examples to illustrate the price of common layout as either a survey of the sphere and reference for researchers, common layout is bound to be regularly on the fingertips of every kind of designers.

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Indd 16 10/02/12 9:09 AM Barriers and Their Social Meaning 17 Initially, accessibility was achieved in a haphazard manner. Figure 1–9 shows an early attempt to make the Everson Museum in Syracuse, New York, accessible. Accessible design like this was actually much like the conditions faced by African Americans in segregated public facilities in the United States, a separate-but-equal kind of status. This ramp is located at a little-used side entrance, not where most visitors would enter. Visitors who could not use stairs had to go out of their way to enter.

Closing and opening doors, gates, and curtains and other flexible boundaries help us achieve the state of privacy we desire. The desired level of control is based on the social interaction goals, emotional state, or activities of individuals and groups. Clearly, privacy behavior also can erect barriers to communication. The teenager who locks himself in his room to avoid his parents is a good example. Designing for privacy is also evident in the virtual world. The best examples are social networking Web sites through which individuals communicate their online identity but also restrict access to classes of people, such as friends, relatives, and colleagues.

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