Universal Design

IDSA and HFES Design for the Majority

Quite a collaboration as IDSA members and designers from other disciplines envision Universal Design

On Nov. 29, 2016, IDSA’s Rocky Mountain Chapter teamed up with the local chapter of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) at Tensentric, Inc. in Boulder, CO for Universal Design: A Creative Workshop. They were joined by other local industrial designers, human factors designers, UX designers and designers from other disciplines.

The workshop was facilitated by Sean Bailey. Participants were assigned to teams and given profiles of people with specific medical conditions. Teams had short bursts of time to work through various stages of the design process and were asked to stop and think about how their solutions could benefit the general public—as well as people with the conditions in specific profiles.

“Synergies among the disciplines emerged as the teams presented their creative and well thought out design solutions,” says IDSA Rocky Mountain Chapter Chair Patrick Monahan. “After the event, several attendees also expressed how much they enjoyed working with and learning from members of the various disciplines.”

The evening proved so successful, the Rocky Mountain Chapters of IDSA and HFES plan to build on the success for 2017, by scheduling more collaborative events.