In everyday life, we are surrounded by objects and installations that people have designed for us. While many of these things and places are suitable for able-bodied and neurotypical people, others may not find it as easy to use the same grocery store shelves, public parks, or lace-up sneakers. This is where universal or inclusive design comes in. In this area, designers seek to include as many users as possible by making small changes that affect the accessibility of elements or places.
Foothold Technology, a provider of human services software, looked at some examples of inclusive design found in everyday life, created for people of all backgrounds and body shapes. From Vancouver’s public beaches to the grain lane, these designs seek to close the inequality gap that was created when previous designs failed to consider all potential users.
Even if you’re able-bodied and neurotypical, you might find that some of the products on this list would be useful to you – wouldn’t it be nice if some things were easier to open even with one hand, or if there had a stable path to walk on the beach? Accessible design can make life easier for almost anyone by removing bottlenecks in the design of everyday objects.