May 2016

Rica

Inclusive design for household appliances has the potential to boost the independence of older people and those with sight loss and other disabilities, new research suggests. The study by consumer research charity Rica and sight-loss charity Thomas Pocklington Trust calls attention to the need for inclusive products – those that are usable by the widest range of people.

Key Facts: Inclusive Design

  • Many barriers still exist in making inclusivity a reality – interviews with 20 experts from manufacturing, design and retail reveal that, although inclusive design principles are understood, manufacturers are still not including older and disabled people in the design process.
  • Products designed for use by as much of the population as possible are beneficial to both consumers and producers.
  • New research from Rica and Thomas Pocklington Trust explores the key principles of inclusive design – and positively highlights that former students of design schools are entering the workforce with knowledge of inclusive design, and an ageing population highlights the need for inclusive design policies, putting them firmly on the political agenda.

How Can This Research Help?

Rica and Thomas Pocklington Trust urgently call for manufacturers to engage disabled and older people throughout the entire product creation process.

Links:

Inclusive Design: Manufacturing, Design, and Retail Expert Views – PDF version and Word version

Smart Appliances and the Internet of Things: Trends and Impact for Disabled and Older Consumers – PDF version and Word version