Posts tagged ‘Universal Design’

August 31, 2009

The 7 principles of Universal Design

On Universal`s Design site you can find loads of info about – well, Universal Design.

What is Universal Design?

It`s design for everybody. And it`s more – check these 7 principles:

Principle 1: Equitable Use
The design is useful and marketable to people with diverse abilities.

Principle 2: Flexibility in Use
The design accommodates a wide range of individual preferences and abilities.

Principle 3: Simple and Intuitive Use
Use of the design is easy to understand, regardless of the user’s experience, knowledge, language skills, or current concentration level.

Principle 4: Perceptible Information
The design communicates necessary information effectively to the user, regardless of ambient conditions or the user’s sensory abilities.

Principle 5: Tolerance for Error
The design minimizes hazards and the adverse consequences of accidental or unintended actions.

Principle 6: Low Physical Effort
The design can be used efficiently and comfortably and with a minimum of fatigue.

Principle 7: Size and Space for Approach and Use
Appropriate size and space is provided for approach, reach, manipulation, and use regardless of user’s body size, posture, or mobility.

When you stop to think about these principles, a question comes to mind – How many designs do you know that can boast to comply with these principles.

This is a good point for designers and design-users alike.

Check out more on universaldesign.ie