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Farnaz Nickpour

Lecturer in Design, Brunel University in London

Designing for diversity – Innovating for all


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.


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Inclusive Design

@ VOL 26 ON SEP 27, 2013

Amy Pothier and Jesse Klimitz of Quadrangle Architects want to inspire action in all designers to “Get Better” by designing fully inclusive and accommodating spaces for everyone, regardless of age or ability, to enjoy and experience. Accessible design does not need to be clinical and ugly when accommodating the 1 in 7 persons in Canada that live with some form of a visible or non-visible disability.

"Presentation of the Day" on January 14, 2014.

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Designing Spaces with Interaction in Mind

@ VOL 113 ON APR 30, 2014

"You can discover the ideas with 34 other people simultaneously so it's the interdependence that makes for the consciousness."

Edwin Schlossberg 
speaks about designing places where people can both learn from one another and understand complex ideas using a mixture of no technology and high technology. Edwin has been designing facilities all over the world where people can learn and discover new things from each other’s experiences and from the tools held within.

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Designing Inclusion

@ VOL 8 ON JUL 31, 2015

What if complex socio-political/economic systems mimicked natural systems? Would they be more sustainable? More equitable?

Tracy Kunkler, principal at the social enterprise consulting firm, Social Profit Strategies, described at PechaKucha Night Asheville: "The Art of Science" a governance model called "Circle Forward." It is a consent-based system of governance that attempts to connect bridge  complex webs of people and organizations in a sustainable way.

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Universal Design

@ VOL 18 ON SEP 24, 2016

"It is a design process that enables and empowers a diverse population by improving human performance, health and wellness, and social participation."

In Universal Design from PechaKucha Buffalo Vol. 18, SUNY Distinguished Professor and Director of the IDeA Center in Buffalo, NY, Edward Steinfeld, ArchD, AIA, provides an overview of how the built environment affects access. The University at Buffalo's Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDeA Center) is dedicated to making environments and products more usable, safer and healthier in response to the needs of an increasingly diverse population. The IDeA Center’s activities are based on the philosophy of Inclusive Design, often called “Universal Design” or “Design for All.” It is a way of thinking that can be applied in any design activity, business practice, program or service involving interaction of people with the physical, social or virtual worlds.

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CommuniTEA Infusion: A Community Building Experience

@ VOL 29 ON OCT 24, 2017

Paige Reeves and Larry James share their experience as part of the CommuniTEA project, in which a rebuilt and beautified Volkswagen van creates inclusive ‘pop up’ town square atmospheres where people gather, chat, and share in community over a cup of tea.

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Negotiating Inclusion

@ VOL 19 ON JUN 01, 2018

Gurveen Dhaliwal travels back in time to illustrate how community, belonging, inclusion and all the messy stuff in between, barriers, loneliness and displacement has transformed in Queensborough’s social, political and economic landscapes (or has it?). She ends with optimism calling for New West to move towards becoming a resilient city. 

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ADAPT: Fashion & Disability

@ VOL 6 ON SEP 27, 2018

Laura Reid is a recent Fashion Technology graduate of Heriot-Watt University, School of Textiles in Galashiels. Currently based in Edinburgh, Laura has experience in both Fashion and Textiles through gaining her degree as well as an HND in Textiles. Her Honours Project looked into creating a high street level collection that was designed with disability in mind. Working with the charity Bobath Scotland, the collection used different construction and design techniques to allow the wearer to dress easier whilst keeping the collection at a high street price.

Laura is currently a Garment Technology assistant at the outdoorwear brand Keela. The brand offers outdoorwear built on the foundation of Innovation, Quality, Technology and has been used for decades by Emergency Services and Mountain Rescue teams.

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The importance of understanding WHO you are designing for

@ VOL 19 ON MAR 27, 2019

At the 17th instalment of PechaKucha London at the amazing design studio HASSELL, Nathan shared with the audience an important lesson that he has learnt himself through years of designing, that to truly know WHO you are designing for you need to dive deep and understand who they are - as everything not all is always as it seems.....

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Oakledge for All

@ VOL 29 ON SEP 05, 2019

Julia Wayne is an early childhood special educator and a mother of two kids. She's passionate about play and inclusion!