Frequently Asked Questions
Firstly, Inclusive Design has been identified by the UK Department of Trade and Industry (D.T.I.) as a business goal where:
“…Designers ensure that their products and services address the needs of the widest possible audience.”
(D.T.I. Foreseight 2000)
In other words, “It is the ability that all people who use a product, place or service, independently of their functional limitations “. For example, this could be a person with a broken leg, someone on a wheelchair, someone with poor vision, a pregnant woman, all with diferent functional limitations but if a product or service is INCLUSIVE, then all these people, and many more, can use it on their own.
This is what Inclusive Designers aim to achieve and this is what we do.
Inclusive design benefits everyone! Not just people with disabilities.
We are all getting older, and thus we are losing our sight, hearing, strength, etc, inclusive spaces and products make everyones life easier! For instance, if there is a flight of stairs and a ramp, which is easiest to go up or down? I may decide to use the ramp, even though Im not a wheelchair user. It is simply easier, effort-less and safer than stairs. Another example is better lighting, colour contrast, and for service providers, this could be the fact that a pizza place is on a second floor of a listed building and it isn’t possible to place a lift. The service provider contacts us and we will study alternative solutions to allow wheelchair users, and people with reduced mobility to benefit from this pizza service.
This could be by providing a delivery service to their house or take-away service. Instead of the client going the the Pizza place, the pizzas are delivered to their home or they bring the ordered Pizza downstairs to the client to take-away.
Both parties benefit, its a win-win situation, and this is what we do.
Anyone and everyone, but people wrongly regard inclusive products and /or services as something to be ashamed of. When in fact it is just another specialist service. The same way that you go to a dentist when you have a problem with your teeth, Inclusive designers work with people who may have problems with their sight, caused by health reasons or natural ageing process, or someone who has been involved in an accident and has left them with a short/long term disability and may need their house/ office or other space adjusted to accommodate their new situation.
How many times have you sat at a table and found that its too high? You feel odd, if its a desk and you work at it for some time you will get sore shoulders, and you will get tired more easily and quickly! Why? because we are all diferent! My height isnts the same as yours. A Chinese person is much smaller in stature than a nordic person. The new generation is MUCH bigger than the previous generation. So Designers need to be aware of the ethnical/cultural diferences, who we are designing for.
Perhaps you have come to live in Spain, and you will find that in general the sizes of homes, are smaller. You may even experience the worktops in your kitchen to be lower than normal. That is because, Spanish people are smaller in size. Think about buying a pair of trousers, it is unlikely that they will fit perfectly when you buy them, you may need to shorten the length etc.
Inclusive Design is designing products and services that will cater for the widest audience possible.
An Inclusive Designer is someone who specialises in Desigining products for a wide range of disabilities.
They have to know about Legislation, Equality Acts, and be updated with the latest technologies, Apps, and products in order to give the best suggestion.
Our job is to give you (the client) the best information and solution to your needs.
Its all about giving you a better quality of life.
If you have any further questions, please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org or call me on +34 654 480 194
The first consultation is 30€, this fee is to cover petrol costs and my time.
I will only know the depth of what needs doing after this first meeting. You will receive an email with my fee within the 24 hours after our first meeting, this will include my time and consultation, but NOT any aids or equipment that may be needed. This cost is done separately.
You may pay by cash or bank transfer, whichever is most convenient for you.
My consultation can either be in English, Spanish or Portuguese.
If you don’t speak or understand any of these languages, we can get a translator to aid us with this.
A Product Designers job is to design products that are ergonomically friendly, user-friendly and also sustainable and to be produced in mass. They are not trainned or haven’t studied the legislation regarding Accessibility/Inclusivity, whereas an Inclusive Designer or Consultant has also studied/has experience in creating spaces or products that are not only ergonomically friendly, user-friendly and sustainable, but abide to the BS 8300 standards..