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Insights on disability help designers design for all


Designing with disability in mind is key for industrial designers since most people will be affected at some stage in life. A Milwaukee based industrial designer explains through her personal experience

Every industrial designer should experience a disability of some sort. It sounds like a harsh way to learn. Yet if it came to be, many problems related to accessibility and ease of use would never come to exist. Most products, though, are designed by people who can move, see, experience objects and life with no issues whatsoever for people who are the same as them. Disability becomes central in briefs only when a team is designing very particular (often medical-related) categories of items. The Knuttle kettle is suitable for universal use, focussing especially on the needs of hearing and visually…

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