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Hi Guys! My name is Oliver Brunt, I’m an Industrial design student at Northumbria University. I’ve been fortunate enough to […]

Hi Guys!

My name is Oliver Brunt, I’m an Industrial design student at Northumbria University. I’ve been fortunate enough to get one of ideas through to the final of a national design competition. The brief was inclusive design; try and create a product that works for many users. It would be great if anyone could give me some feedback on my idea. Here it is:

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“This simple concept crosses many boundaries, boundaries that ordinarily limits the use of a product. Whether you are able bodied, blind, colour blind, deaf, suffering from dementia or any other ailment, you could find benefit from this product. These series of textured and coloured tabs can stick anywhere, door handles, drawers, buttons, watch straps, bracelets, keys, tinned food and many more things. They all revolve around the exact same idea. Depending on the user and the placement of their tab it could mean different things; the texture to a blind person could be a physical reminder, the contrast of colours could be a visual reminder for a colour blind person, a different texture on a button on an item of clothing could prompt an action for someone with dementia, a selection of tabs on a bracelet could be a list of things to do for an able bodied person and so on. The user decides. This system of associating texture or colour with an action or event promotes routine, streamline daily life within all users regardless of abilities, and removes the need for any complicated electronic alarms or reminder systems. Some more examples could be using different textures to differentiate different tinned foods for a blind person, a watch tab could be a visual reminder for someone to take their medication, a button tab could be a reminder for someone with dementia to brush their teeth when the get dressed in a morning. The possibilities are literally endless, but all it really is, is a piece of easily manufactured coloured plastic and silicone. But its the context and simplicity of this idea that makes it so plausible.“

Any help or feedback will be greatly appreciated.