“Universal design” is a design philosophy that seeks to support usability for the greatest number of people, including a wide spectrum of age groups and abilities.
- Universal design principles are broader than those of accessible design and barrier-free design.
- Products and environments designed according to these principles offer greater safety and increased comfort.
- They are easy to operate and flexible, thereby meeting the needs of different people.
The seven posters included in this article were created by OCAD University students Yi Lin, Avery McDonald-Heath, Lisa Qin and Samantha Yin. The posters first garnered attention — as well as an “honourable mention” — in the CONNECT: Enabling Change 2014-15 competition. Funded by the EnAbling Change program, CONNECT is an Ontario-wide post-secondary design competition that invites students to explore design that is accessible to the greatest number of people, to the largest extent possible, regardless of age or ability, across all design disciplines.
All posters by Yi Lin, Avery McDonald-Heath, Lisa Qin, Samantha Yin