Liberation: Design that liberates rather than handicaps us

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Title: Liberation: Design that liberates rather than handicaps us
Author: Kennedy, M. Amelia
Abstract: In my studies to become an industrial designer I have placed the strongest emphasis on two specific concerns: the design of products that support safe human activity (ergonomics), and the design of products that are accessible to physically impaired people. During this time I have been struck by the fact that these two concerns are always discussed separately, as if they had distinct applications in design that never related. The underlying assumption is that the general population and the the physically impaired are mutually exclusive groups. For this thesis project I set out to challenge that assumption by finding design solutions common to both of these groups and to illustrate my solutions by redesigning a product to satisfy their needs.
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Date: 1989-07-10

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