Does My Stigma Look Big in This? Considering Acceptability and Desirability in the Inclusive Design of Technology Products

  • Jo-Anne Bichard
  • Roger Coleman
  • Patrick Langdon
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4554)


This paper examines the relationship between stigmatic effects of design of technology products for the older and disabled and contextualizes this within wider social themes such as the functional, social, medical and technology models of disability. Inclusive design approaches are identified as unbiased methods for designing for the wider population that may accommodate the needs and desires of people with impairments, therefore reducing ’aesthetic stigma’. Two case studies illustrate stigmatic and nonstigmatic designs.


Inclusive Design social inclusion stigma aesthetic design 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jo-Anne Bichard
    • 1
  • Roger Coleman
    • 1
  • Patrick Langdon
    • 2
  1. 1.Helen Hamlyn Centre, Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, LondonUK
  2. 2.Engineering Design Centre, University of Cambridge, Department of Engineering, Trumpington Street, CambridgeUK

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