The term universal design stands for using design to make products and the environment accessible to everybody on the broadest scale possible – independently of age, circumstances and abilities. Rather than creating products, services and systems aimed at a certain target audience, its goal is to reach a broad spectrum of users. In collaboration with burgbad, Teresa Meister wrote her master’s thesis on the development of a holistic product concept for a piece of bathroom furniture. The goal was to use universal design to generate innovations for a company by picking up on influences and trends such as individualism. It is essential for the design not to stigmatise and to replace negative associations with positive features so as to appeal to young people and families as well. For Teresa Meister, it was particularly important to present the user with a product they can design themselves and which can adapt to all the many facets of their life. After all, who doesn’t enjoy being free from limitations or restrictions?
Lecture: Universal design - developing a holistic product concept for the bathroom
Speaker: Teresa Meister, burgbad
Date: Thursday, 16. March 2017, 1:00 - 1:30 pm
Location: Saal Europa, Hall 4.0, ISH Frankfurt/Main