What exactly is inclusive design?

Inclusive design is “the design of mainstream products and/or services that are accessible to, and usable by, as many people as reasonably possible” (The British Standards Institute, 2005). The target market of inclusive design is every possible person that will use the products. Products of inclusive design are mainstream products that are often used by all people ; it includes the normal people, seniors, and disabled people so that the products are accessible by as many people as possible. Here are some examples of inclusive design:

Microplane Herb Mill is a tool that helps us to chop and cut herbs without holding a knife. We get hundreds of tiny scissors to effectively cut herbs. However, with this Microplane Herb Mill you can cut herbs with just a little push and turning on its handle. It is saver to use for kids, seniors, disabled people, and also easier for normal people.

Nursing kit is a useful first aid kit that has an innovative design kit. It contains the Curvy Scissors, Tape Dispenser, Tweezers Clip and Medicines Cap. The curvy scrissors has curved handle(about six degrees from flat surface), so we can lift it and fit it easier on our hands.The tweezers clip can be used to seal plastic wrap and also used as a tweezers itself, with wavy surface to increase friction.

The tape dispenser has two different model to use, which makes it easier to use. Medicines Caps useful for identify medicine quickly with a note that written on the cap. The last, it also contains a flashlight as a light source for emergency situation. (Designers: Sheng-hung Lee & You-Lin Chen)

Why inclusive design needed?

By 2035,adult population in Indonesia (over 65 years old) will increase from 5% to 10.6%.The top three provinces in Indonesia that have the highest population of seniors are Central Java(14.9%), East Java (14.1%), and Special Region of Yogyakarta (14%) (Badan Pusat Statistik,2013: 26). Aging changes people’s conditions physically, mentally, and psychologycally. In addition, about 15% of the world’s population live with some forms of disability, of whom 2-4% experience significant difficulties in functioning.(WHO,2011).

People live and always do their daily activities such as taking a bath, cooking, sleeping, etc. The tools that help to do those daily activities usually do not take seniors and disabled people as a consideration. They can not use the normal products that are available in the market. We need a product that can be used for normal people, seniors, and also disabled people. Inclusive design is the answer for this problem, design that is compatible for everyone.


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