µ Read ñ Design Meets Disability by Graham Pullin ¼ Absolutely love the approach that Pullin has taken in this book Simply said, he thinks that many products that are specifically designed for disabilities lack personality And he thinks that working closer together with fashion and product designers may result in better products I think that accessible design for the web could benefit from this way of thinking as well I wrote a detailed blogpost about this idea on my own website, for those of you who are interested.
Honestly, it s hard for me to evaluate this book since I am neither a designer nor a person with disabilities What I can say is that it presents a fresh, punky attitude towards disabilities and assistive technologies, arguing that anything used by person or less constantly hearing aid, wheelchair, artificial limb must be not just effective in a medical engineering sense, but also pleasurable and expressive The book is glossy, a little unbalanced, a manifesto rather than a plan, but it s provocative and very fun.
As a design student at an art school, worried that the curriculum is not aligning with my goal of working with design for disability, I found this book s message uniquely inspiring that design teams working with disability should include art school trained designers Some of the examples are a little dated now, but the principles and message have a relevance that goes beyond any one particular technology Definitely recommend if you work in any branch of design.
An absolutely inspiring must read for every designer, regardless if you create anything for people with special needs or for people in general.
A really thought provoking work It gets kind of scrappy towards the end when he tries to weave actual designers with concepts.
The second part of the book reads a bit disjointed with ideas that are left dangling, but that is understandable given that the book serves to stimulate creativity and consciousness Overall, I thought it was an amazing read.
The ideas in this book are intriguing The main concept of this book is that just like eye glasses started as a medical appliance and have now become a fashion accessory, are there other appliances devices that disabled people use that should be fashionable Or designed to showcase the user s personality Like hearing aids or watches for blind people And I agree wholeheartedly that there need to be products available for disabled people And the stylish they are, the better.
Eyeglasses Have Been Transformed From Medical Necessity To Fashion Accessory This Revolution Has Come About Through Embracing The Design Culture Of The Fashion Industry Why Shouldn T Design Sensibilities Also Be Applied To Hearing Aids, Prosthetic Limbs, And Communication Aids In Return, Disability Can Provoke Radical New Directions In Mainstream Design Charles And Ray Eames S Iconic Furniture Was Inspired By A Molded Plywood Leg Splint That They Designed For Injured And Disabled Servicemen Designers Today Could Be Similarly Inspired By Disability In Design Meets Disability, Graham Pullin Shows Us How Design And Disability Can Inspire Each Other In The Eameses Work There Was A Healthy Tension Between Cut To The Chase Problem Solving And Playful Explorations Pullin Offers Examples Of How Design Can Meet Disability Today Why, He Asks, Shouldn T Hearing Aids Be As Fashionable As Eyewear What New Forms Of Braille Signage Might Proliferate If Designers Kept Both Sighted And Visually Impaired People In Mind Can Simple Designs Avoid The Need For Complicated Accessibility Features Can Such Emerging Design Methods As Experience Prototyping And Critical Design Complement Clinical Trials Pullin Also Presents A Series Of Interviews With Leading Designers About Specific Disability Design Projects, Including Stepstools For People With Restricted Growth, Prosthetic Legs And Whether They Can Be Both Honest And Beautifully Designed , And Text To Speech Technology With Tone Of Voice When Design Meets Disability, The Diversity Of Complementary, Even Contradictory, Approaches Can Enrich Each Field