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Title: Translating inclusive capability data for designers
Authors: Elton, Edward
Nicolle, C.A.
Keywords: Capability data
Translating data
Data tool
Designer’s needs
Inclusive design
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Helen Hamlyn Research Centre (Royal College of Art)
Citation: ELTON, E. and NICOLLE, C.A., 2011. Translating inclusive capability data for designers. Include 2011 Proceedings. 6th International Conference on Inclusive Design: The Role of Inclusive Design in Making Social Innovation Happen. Royal College of Art, London, UK, 18th-20th April.
Abstract: In 2009, the UK government launched a new strategy called ‘Building a society for all ages: a choice for older people’. One of the major challenges outlined in this strategy document is for old age to no longer be a time of dependency and exclusion. In relation to product design, accurate and relevant capability data is essential in helping designers overcome this challenge. However, there is a large and growing body of literature that suggests current capability datasets provide little if any assistance to designers in helping them reduce dependency and exclusion. This paper reports on the process of translating visual capability data into a usable form for designers. It details the need to consider inclusion data as opposed to exclusion data and how capability data can be converted into inclusion percentages using zscores. The paper also reports on the findings of a design research workshop where 3 data concepts were trialed. Findings suggest that the aesthetics/semantics of a dataset may be one of the key factors that contribute to its use by designers in industry. Also, one of the factors to emerge from this research is the importance of explaining the context of the data and the issues surrounding it.
Description: This is a conference paper.
Version: Accepted for publication
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/8177
Publisher Link: http://www.hhc.rca.ac.uk/2968/all/1/include-2011.aspx
ISBN: 9781907342295
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