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.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Self-help devices for people with disabilities--Design and construction; Household appliances--Design and construction; Barrier-free design

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School of Design (CIAS)


McArt, Craig

Advisor/Committee Member

Sias, James

Advisor/Committee Member

Lynd, Judy


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