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Universal Design

Ed Roberts CampusThis site covers the areas of Product Design, Interior Design and Architecture having to do with homes.

What is UD?

Universal Design means a home, a product, a town can be comfortably engaged by every person of every ability and every age. Most of us, whatever our range of ability, can be more ably accommodated with better design. Homes can have wider halls and doorways so wheelchair users can get around. Products can have larger handles or lids to make them easier to grasp or open. Towns can adjust street signals and install shorter crosswalks to make it easier for slower walkers to cross the street. The opportunities are endless and the successes are growing.

A Continuum of Scale

Universal design operates at a continuum of scales—from industrial design to architectural design, from graphic design to urban design. The design and construction of cities, buildings, products, and media influence physical health, emotional well-being, and personal independence: How can parks be designed to be safe and enjoyable for both children and their grandparents? How can entrances be designed to accommodate wheelchairs, strollers, and foot-traffic? How can signage be designed for native English speakers, international travelers, and for persons with impaired vision? The goal of “universal design” (“inclusive design” or “design-for-all”) is to create integrated design solutions at all scales—from the workplace, to the grocery store, to the bus stop, to the kitchen—for the broadest spectrum of the population—all ages, all races, all genders, all abilities.