Designing for an inclusive and equitable future
If we wish to build inclusive products, services, and environments, we have to ask ourselves who are we designing for? who and what is included in decisions that inform our designs? These are key questions to explore.
However, these fundamental questions are often overlooked or not addressed with sufficient criticality. One reason can be that designers are not sufficiently trained in accommodating the needs of people with diverse backgrounds and abilities. The consequences of this can be far-reaching with designers’ creations unintentionally contributing to marginalizing or impairing people.
Design decisions that are made throughout a design process have power and agency, and have the potential to offer extended inclusivity or exclusion of individuals or groups of individuals in relation to aspects such as age, disability, gender, and culture. Addressing these aspects as well as geographic, financial, or social factors requires an emphasis on how we understand diversity within the present and future contexts.
Participants in this course will learn to:
- Develop a design approach that considers the diversity of needs and multi-use contexts.
- Understand and navigate the complexities involved in inclusive design.
- Develop a critical thinking approach in relation to the power design has to facilitate or hinder accessibility for certain user sectors to products, services or environments.
- Apply methods that allow for the analysis, conceptualization and assessment of an inclusive design project.
- Carry out a transversal project in which the theoretical knowledge acquired during the course is gradually put into practice.
- Product designers and product design engineers.
- Architects and interior designers.
- Service designers.
- Interaction designers (both UX and UI).
- Students and professionals in the field of design theory.
- Product managers or product owners.
- Professionals in related disciplines.
- Designing for diversity: inquiry and discovery.
We learn the basic principles of inclusive design and analyse various existing designs for their degree of inclusivity. This enables us to direct our view in the evaluation of designs and develop arguments from a perspective of inclusion.
- Research approaches to inclusive design.
We focus on research methods related to inclusive design. We learn which type of data is relevant to the type of research we do and how to evaluate and apply it.
- Ideation and prototyping processes of inclusive design
Participants implement the methods learned through their individual projects and develop prototypes to test these with users.
- Critical reflection on participants’ individual design processes and lessons learned
The design process carried out by each participant is analyzed and evaluated. We critically reflect on our own design (process) while using arguments similar to those we learned in week one (when we evaluated existing designs). After conducting the research ourselves, we will go on to critically examine whether certain design choices can be further elaborated on in depth.
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Once the payment is made we will send you a registration certificate. And you will be ready to start the course on the established date.