Recently, we were tasked with helping to develop the logo, marketing and messaging of a new state-of-the-art luxury condominium development that featured Universal Design. This is an approach to design that allows people of all levels of ability to live as independently as possible. We think Universal Design is the wave of the future.
Universal Design creates an environment that can be accessed, understood and used to the greatest extent possible by all people regardless of their age, size, ability or disability. By considering the diverse needs and abilities of all throughout the design process Universal Design virtually eliminates the need for adaptation, modification, assistive devices or specialized solutions, on behalf of any persons of any age or size or having any particular physical, sensory, or mental acuity challenge.
For example, a home built with Universal Design would have no steps and open floor plans. The light switches would all be as easily accessible to someone in a wheelchair, a child or an adult. It is just good design without emphasizing handicaps. Universal design is the wave of the future.