Design for All
Design for All is design for human diversity, social inclusion and equality. This holistic and innovative approach constitutes a creative and ethical challenge for all planners, designers, entrepreneurs, administrators and political leaders.
Design for All aims to enable all people to have equal opportunities to participate in every aspect of society. To achieve this, the built environment, everyday objects, services, culture and information – in short, everything that is designed and made by people to be used by people – must be accessible, convenient for everyone in society to use and responsive to evolving human diversity.
The practice of Design for All makes conscious use of the analysis of human needs and aspirations and requires the involvement of end users at every stage in the design process.
From The EIDD Stockholm Declaration, © 2004
Today, it is no longer sufficient to offer barrier-free and accessible products designed to cater for the special needs of different generations and living circumstances. Design for All aims to provide solutions that are attractive for a broad range of users by including them in the development process and giving special focus to good design and market viability. This results in universal solutions that are essential for some users andcomfortable for everyone.
Barrier-free and accessible design has a functional objective: to remove or avoid barriers so that products, services and living environments can be made accessible to everyone regardless of their (dis)abilities. Design for All goes a step further by promoting well-designed solutions that are attractive to a wide range of users. This approach emphasises design for diverse users rather than design specifically for the elderly or disabled, and therefore champions products that are forward-looking, marketable and attractive to everyone.
Design für Alle – Deutschland e.V. (EDAD) was founded as NGO in 2004 and is the German member of the EIDD – Design for All Europe network with partners in 23 European countries.
Today the EDAD competency network for Design for All in Germany provides information, offers consultancy, conducts research and develops networks. The members of EDAD come from the spheres of research and practice where they are experts in their respective fields and benefit from contacts with other members.