An inclusive design dialogue on ethics and aesthetics

Morrow, R. & K. Moore, 2004, An inclusive design dialogue on ethics and aesthetics, in: OPENspace, ‘Open space, people space’, OPENspace, Edinburgh

  • Author : Morrow, R. & K. Moore
  • Year : 2004
  • Published in Book : Open space, people space
  • Abstract in English : One of the many definitions of inclusive design is that it is a user-led approach to design. To date its focus has been on ‘critical’ users, in particular disabled people. As such, there is pressure to design environments that meet the often urgent and complex demands of these users. Designers, uncertain of their knowledge, rely heavily on user input and guidance, often resulting in designs that are ‘solution’ driven (rather than solution seeking) and short term, users focus on what they need, not what they might need. This paper argues that design needs to reclaim an equal presence within inclusive design. It proposes that the ‘weakness’ of design lies in the uneasy and at times conflicting relationship between ethics and aesthetics. The paper itself is constructed around a dialogue between two academics, one concerned with critical user needs, the other with aesthetics, but both directed towards the support of design quality
  • Comments/Notes : KEYWORDS: ethics, aesthetics, design quality, disabled people. [paper 5 p.]