Design with All Seminar


Where: Friday, June 13th, 2014, 9.30 – 17.00

The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts: School of Design

Fabrikmestervej 6, Building 90

We invite interested people from all backgrounds to explore new insights from research and practice on participatory design approaches, design for all strategies and universal design principles. 

Differently-abled individuals are frequently the targets of design products and services but are seldom invited to contribute as engaged participants in the design processes that inform, critique and create these inclusive futures. The Design with All seminar aims to spark an interdisciplinary dialogue between the communities of Design for All, Universal Design and Participatory Design with the intention of building a richer practical and conceptual understanding of empathic involvement and codesign methods that promote inclusion.

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Seminar Price and Registration:

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400kr for professionals– morning snack, lunch and coffee/cake included

Free for students– morning snack, lunch and coffee/cake not included

Please register to attend no later than the 1st of June

Session 1 | Designing for All: Reflections from Practice

The first session of the seminar will allow practicing professionals and design educators that integrate Design for All strategies, Universal Design principles or inclusive approaches into their design projects to deeply reflect on their experiences applying them. Speakers will discuss the empathic methods, outcomes and challenges of involving a diversity of individuals at various stages of the design process.

Don’t Tell It Show It! New Insight: Process with Stakeholders

Karin Bendixen, Bexcom and Design for All (DK)


Innovating Welfare through Expert and User Involvement

Annette Krath Poulsen, AKP Design (DK)

Session 2 | Universal Design meets Participatory Design

Universal design provides design principles to guide the creation of products and environments that are “aesthetic and usable to the greatest extent possible by everyone, regardless of their age, ability, or status in life” while participatory design focuses on the direct involvement of people in the co-design of meaningful concepts and social artifacts. This session will kindle conversations about the relationship between these two design disciplines and inspire future possibilities in research and practice at their crossroads.

Design For All: Inclusivity By Design

Patricia Moore, President MooreDesign Associates (US)


Design By All: On Universal Objects and Democratic Things

Pelle Ehn, Malmö University, School of Arts and Communication (SE)

Session 3 | Staging Inclusion: Accessible Tools for Participation and Performance

In order to make participation possible, accessible design tools, games and methods are needed to facilitate social inclusion and democratic decision making. This session will focus on the tools, activities, controversies, paradoxes and possibilities of setting the stage for social inclusion.

Including Various Individuals in the Design Process of Inclusive Packaging

Birgitte Gert Jensen, Aarhus School of Architecture (DK)


Co-designing New Service Models for Senior Citizens

Eva Brandt, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design (DK)


Is Social Design the Answer?

Yanki Lee, DESIS Lab for Social Design Research, Hong Kong Design Institute (HK)


Joachim Halse – CoDesign Research Center (DK)

Kelton Minor – US-Denmark Fulbright Fellow ’14 


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