Design for All

The term Design for All is used to describe a design philosophy targeting the use of products, services and systems by as many people as possible without the need for adaptation.

Design for All is design for human diversity, social inclusion and equality. It encourages manufacturers and service providers to produce new technologies that are suitable for the elderly and people with disabilities, as much as the teenaged and able-bodied.

It has become a mainstream issue because of the aging of the population and its increasingly multi-ethnic composition. It follows a market approach and can reach out to a broader market. Easy-to-use, accessible, affordable products and services improve the quality of life of all citizens.

Examples of Design for All include:

  • Audiobook
  • Automatic door
  • Electric Toothbrush
  • Flexible drinking straw
  • Google
  • Low-floor bus
  • Tactile paving
  • Velcro

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