The principles of universal design (UD) are simple in nature, yet requires careful consideration to execute successfully. Both a broad view of the application of the design and a focus on the way that the application is carried out are integral for successful UD.
We pay close attention to the principles of universal design in every project we take on. These principles include:
In order for a design to be truly universal, it must be useful to people with all kinds of conditions and abilities. This includes people with disabilities or activity limitations.
It’s important that the design is flexible enough to apply to all different kinds of people who have a huge variety of different abilities or disability. An example might be providing information in Braille underneath signs so that people who are blind can read them.
The design should be easy to understand so that people with varying levels of education and experience can use it.
The design must convey the needed information to the user, even if they have limitations in their sensory capabilities or ability to process this information.
If a user accidentally makes a mistake while using the design, it’s important that they are not harmed or their situation is not made more difficult as a result.
A person should be able to apply the design easily, even if they have limits to their physical or mental capabilities.
No matter what size a person is or how mobile they are, they should have enough space and the ability to effectively use the design.
It is by considering each of these seven principles that we help our clients ensure that they attain universal design on all types of projects.
Although we do assist clients with a variety of needs, our universal design consulting process remains consistent no matter who we’re working with or what project we are working on:
For more information about Universal Design and Universal Access and how we can use the principles and process to help you, get in touch with us today.
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