When architect Michael Graves became severely disabled one of things he noticed was how ugly many of the bits of kit designed for disabled people are. Now one of Obama’s champions of accessible design, he set about making a series of pieces for the home, to be sold through mainstream retailers – here’s one. As I work out how to use the very helpful bits and pieces recommended to me by physios and others, I’m always fighting the impulse to complain about how ghastly they look. I am grateful but I am aesthetically offended.
There are some people out there working on this. Such + Such are designing products for health and independent living and their Director, David Buckley, recommended I have a look at ‘Enabled by Design’ by Denise Stephens. This site looks to share information between users and manufacturers on products and how they might be improved, and to work with designers with a view to eventually achieving the mainstreaming of accessibility throughout all products and services.
So that one day, everything everybody can buy and use will be beautiful and functional.
Didn’t somebody else mention that before?
(You can buy the limited edition letterpress poster by Typoretum here)