Dr Farnaz Nickpour is an inclusive designer, an associate professor in Design & Human-centred Innovation at University of Liverpool, and director of the Inclusive Design Research Group (IDRG) in the UK. Farnaz gave this PechaKucha at Vol.16 in London and challenged the audience to reconsider how they approach design and raised the critical question - who will use your designs and how will they use them? Are we designing for ourselves or for others? And how well do we know those ‘others’?
Designers shouldn't just work on assumptions! We need information and empathy.
Farnaz explores some wonderful new ideas for inclusive design such as an evolvable modular walking aid kit, easy to use and clean commodes for NHS to assist patients using the bathroom, and a bio-reactive food packaging solution inspired by the blind users.