Universal Design—An Old-Fashioned Paradigm?

Article in Edited Volumes
(Book chapter)

Publication Details

Author(s): Kett S, Wartzack S
Editor(s): Shuichi Fukuda
Title edited volumes: Emotional Engineering
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Publication year: 2017
Volume: 5
Pages range: 55-67
ISBN: 978-3-319-53195-3
Language: English


Universal Design is a strategy that intends to consider the heterogene-ous needs of users in our societies. Initially appearing during the civil rights movements in the 1950s, it focused firstly on physical accessibility and equality. Nowadays, subjective values addressing social inclusion or self-actualization are becoming more and more important. Stigmatization especially plays a major role in Universal Design’s acceptance, which is mainly emotion-driven. Therefore, modern Universal Design must aim for both the objective and the subjective well-being of users. In product design aspects of quality of life as a concept of success-ful user centring can help in considering various aspects of product quality, in-cluding subjectivity in particular. In this context an approach is provided to inte-grate attitudinal differences in users’ perception. Its impact on the modern Universal Design strategy is further considered by introducing a hierarchical product structure.

FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Zöller, Susan
Lehrstuhl für Konstruktionstechnik
Wartzack, Sandro Prof. Dr.-Ing.
Lehrstuhl für Konstruktionstechnik

How to cite

Kett, S., & Wartzack, S. (2017). Universal Design—An Old-Fashioned Paradigm? In Shuichi Fukuda (Eds.), Emotional Engineering. (pp. 55-67). Springer International Publishing.

Kett, Susan, and Sandro Wartzack. "Universal Design—An Old-Fashioned Paradigm?" Emotional Engineering. Ed. Shuichi Fukuda, Springer International Publishing, 2017. 55-67.


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