Lots of inclusion? Yes!
Last week we arranged a successful workshop held at the Include 2015 Conference, at Royal College of Art in London.
The workshop explored and challenged notions such as “normal”, “diversity”, “disability” and “user” to understand and question their associations and to open up for alternative perspectives. The value of the workshop, was nicely summarised by one of the participant, who was a designer, saying that: By reflecting on our own starting point for design, we can change it – and change the solutions we come up with. The participants were designers, researchers, lecturers, journalists, architects and students that came from all over the world, such as Argentina, Mexico, Japan, UK, Italy and the US.
Include 2015 Conference theme was “Disruptive Ideas in Inclusive Design”. It was held Sept 17 and 18. Co-design, co-creation and crowdsourcing have re-cast the relationship between designers and users; social innovation and digital manufacture have raised new agendas. Thus, inclusive design concerns questions such as how to design for us, our society, with empathy, diversity, personalisation, and bodily and cognitive differences. It is about design and inclusion, both in theory and practice.
The workshop was a collaboration between several universities and departments. Lots Design (Iréne Stewart Claesson) School of Design and Crafts, University of Gothenburg (Kalle Klockars’) and the Department of Applied IT, Division of Interaction design, Chalmers/University of Gothenburg (Sara Ljungblad, Olof Torgersson, Eva Eriksson) Human Factors, Chalmers University of Technology (Viktor Hjort af Ornäs) and Norwegian Institute of Science and Technology, Department of Product Design (Martina Keitsch).