The Royal College of Art’s annual inclusive design conference, Include 2007, opens at the college today with a host of high profile speakers lined up.
Organised by the college’s Helen Hamlyn Research Centre in conjunction with the Audi Design Foundation, this year’s conference will take the theme ‘designing with people – strategies, stories and systems for user participation in design’ as its starting point.
A series of lectures, seminars, talks and workshops will bring together professional designers, clients, researchers, policy makers and academia to discuss the application of inclusive design across a range of topics including healthcare, transport, education and an ageing population.
This year’s guest speakers will include Clive Grinyer, director of design and usability at Orange France Telecom, Michael Wolff and Jane Fulton-Suri, chief creative officer at IDEO. Smart Design’s Barcelona team will also present a graphic poster exploring new product platforms for large-format printers.
As part of the conference, the RCA will also today announce the brief for its 24-hour Inclusive Design Challenge, for which five participating teams will be asked to develop a product, service or environment that can be used by disabled users. The teams will deliver their final designs tomorrow.
Include 2007 runs until Wednesday 4 April. For more details see www.hrrc.rca.ac.uk.