Resonant design

We’ve barely started reading Graham Pullin’s new book design meets disability, but we’re already intrigued by his concept of resonant design, the thought that some products can be designed for a consumer group that includes subsets of people both with and without disabilities. As an example, he cites watches that communicate the time via vibration when the wrist is rotated; the design impetus is discretion rather than access. It’s equally useful to time-checkers who are blind and don’t want to use a tactile watch (or who can’t–diabetes, a leading cause of adult-onset blindness, can also affect fingertip sensitivity), and to sighted junior execs who can’t afford to look bored in a meeting. The book itself is a design pleasure, filled with pictures of products showing the varied and sometimes startling interactions between accommodation and aesthetics. Definitely recommended.

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