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A diversity-driven design process works kind of like an accordion. We expand and examine many potential design solutions, evaluate and analyze them, then gather the information to create reliable, sustainable designs. We join forces with users that have reduced physical, sensory, and/or cognitive functionalities to evaluate and develop solutions together through workshops.
We have developed a workshop kit to give designers an idea of the experience of using products when dealing with reduced hand functionality or vision. The kit provides some insight into what it can be like interacting with products and packaging when living with certain restrictions.
Our research shows that it can be challenging to imagine how complicated something is for a person with any kind of reduced physical, cognitive or tactile functionality before having tried it oneself. The study also shows that the combination of involving users with reduced functionality and putting oneself in their situation creates the best conditions for designing easy-to-use products.
The workshop-kit includes gloves to simulate rheumatism and glasses that mimic different types of visual reductions. Also, audio files provide an experience of what it might be like living with ADHD and Tinnitus.
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