Improving inclusive design practice - transferring knowledge from sports design practice

DS 87-1 Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 17) Vol 1: Resource Sensitive Design, Design Research Applications and Case Studies, Vancouver, Canada, 21-25.08.2017

Year: 2017
Editor: Anja Maier, Stanko Škec, Harrison Kim, Michael Kokkolaras, Josef Oehmen, Georges Fadel, Filippo Salustri, Mike Van der Loos
Author: Wilson, Nicky; Thomson, Avril; Riches, Philip
Series: ICED
Institution: 1: University of Strathclyde, Design, Manufacture and Engineering Management, United Kingdom; 2: University of Strathclyde, Department of Biomedical Engineering, United Kingdom
Section: Resource Sensitive Design, Design Research Applications and Case Studies
Page(s): 359-368
ISBN: 978-1-904670-89-6
ISSN: 2220-4342


Despite the existence of many design tools to educate and assist the designer in implementing inclusive design, there is still a lack of inclusive design uptake in industry. The client is often cited as a barrier to inclusive design uptake, therefore it is important that this issue is addressed if inclusive design uptake is to be increased. Sports design is a highly user focused discipline, therefore it is anticipated that there is scope for inclusive design to learn from this user centred discipline. This research aims to investigate the potential of applying the sports design process within an inclusive design context to increase inclusive design uptake in industry. The paper reports on a practical study, which interviewed practising industry designers and designers from a UK centre specialising in inclusive design. The outcome is a set of recommendations from designers on how the sports design process model can be developed to facilitate inclusive design uptake in industry.

Keywords: Inclusive design, User centred design, Design process, Design practice, Sports design


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