Inclusive Design Group
Principal Investigator: Professor P John Clarkson
Countering Design Exclusion
The Inclusive Design Group researches the interplay between the demands products make of their users and the diverse range of sensory, cognitive and motion capabilities of those users. In particular, we are researching how knowledge of inclusive design thinking in the design and retail community, can enable the design of more inclusive products:
- by understanding the impact of user diversity in product and service interaction;
- by developing models of good design practice for design and retail professionals;
- by embedding such good practice in the design and retail community.
Our work is driven by practice. We are currently working with Jaguar Land Rover, BAE Systems, Morphy Richards, Transport for London, Proctor and Gamble, John Lewis, Stora Enso, Heathrow Airport and others to deliver on a variety of research topics relating to cognitive interaction and inclusive design.
We have developed an Inclusive Design Toolkit, along with audit tools and wearable simulators, to encourage designers to deliver more inclusive products and services. The toolkit is also being developed, under the name ‘Designing Our Tomorrow’, to supporting the teaching of design and technology in schools.
- Professor P John Clarkson (Group Leader and Principal Investigator)
- Dr Patrick Langdon (Post-doctoral Principal Research Associate)
- Ian Hosking (Senior Research Associate and PhD student researching interaction design)
- Dr Tim Horberry (Post-doctoral Senior Research Associate on the JLR PSi project)
- Mike Bradley (Senior Research Associate and PhD student researching interaction design)
- Dr Joy Goodman-Deane (Post-doctoral Research Associate focusing on design tools)
- Dr Sam Waller (Post-doctoral Research Associate focusing on design tools)
- Dr Pradipta Biswas (Post-doctoral Research Associate)
- Dr Anna Mieczakowski (Post-doctoral Research Associate)
- Dr Peter Thomas (Post-doctoral Research Associate)
- Merih Kunur (Post-doctoral Research Associate)
- Patrick Wollner (PhD student researching interaction design)
- Jimena Gomez (PhD student researching inclusive design)
- Katie Cornish (PhD student researching visual simultation tools)
- Wei-Ying Chou (PhD student researching design experience)
- Yuanyuan Liu (PhD student researching inclusive healthcare)
Simulating User Capabilities
Developing a wearable simulation toolkit that reduces people's physical capabilities.
Understanding Diversity in User Characteristics
Developing a predictive method that can be used in product audits to estimate levels of design exclusion.
Development of advice about User Involvement and Information (i~design)
Developing advice on how to involve users effectively at different stages of the design process and for different purposes.
Survey of Business Drivers and Barriers (i~design)
Suggesting approaches for overcoming the barriers and encouraging the drivers, in order to increase the uptake of inclusive design in the commercial world.
Study of Design Practice
Informing the development of suitable guidance, methods and information to support designers in inclusive design.
- Exclusion Audit Tools
Development of Inclusive Design Training
Making a positive difference to designers' and business leaders' attitudes towards inclusive design.
The Effect of Experience in Inclusive Design
Understanding how technological experience affects a user's ability to understand a new product.