Universal Access in the Information Society

, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp 119–135

Characterising user capabilities to support inclusive design evaluation

Authors

    • Department of Engineering, Engineering Design CentreUniversity of Cambridge
  • Patrick Langdon
    • Department of Engineering, Engineering Design CentreUniversity of Cambridge
  • John Clarkson
    • Department of Engineering, Engineering Design CentreUniversity of Cambridge
Long Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10209-007-0083-y

Cite this article as:
Persad, U., Langdon, P. & Clarkson, J. Univ Access Inf Soc (2007) 6: 119. doi:10.1007/s10209-007-0083-y

Abstract

Designers require knowledge and data about users to effectively evaluate product accessibility during the early stages of design. This paper addresses this problem by setting out the sensory, cognitive and motor dimensions of user capability that are important for product interaction. The relationship between user capability and product demand is used as the underlying conceptual model for product design evaluations and for estimating the number of people potentially excluded from using a given product.

Keywords

Inclusive designDesign evaluationAbility modelProduct design

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