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Design Meets Disability (MIT Press) First Edition Edition

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"There is huge potential for innovation in the daily lives of disabled people. Graham Pullin's timely and inspiring book describes a wide range of design challenges; many of these sound niche at first - but have broad potential. What are needed are off-the-wall thinking, design craft, and engineering brilliance -- plus disabled people as expert co-designers". --John Thackara, Designer and author of In the Bubble

(John Thackara)

"This book will change your emotional response to disability forever, as you discover that designs can celebrate a medical necessity, as in elegant and fashionable eyewear from Cutler and Gross, or openly express functionality, as in the carbon fiber running legs sported by Aimee Mullins. Graham Pullin creates this change with seven chapters that are rich with examples and luscious images, combining deep thinking with a light touch. In the second half of the book he presents us with a fascinating collection of his favorite designers, leaving us yearning for the meetings between design and disability that such rich talent might generate, given the opportunity."--Bill Moggridge, Cofounder of IDEO and author of Designing Interactions

(Bill Moggridge)

"As a teacher of design through the lens of disability, Graham Pullin is without peer."--Hugh Herr, MIT Media Lab

(Hugh M. Herr)

" Design Meets Disability may be compared to Donald Norman's (1988) Psychology of Everyday Things, which showed how research in cognitive psychology can inform commercial design. Similarly, Design Meets Disability explains how commercial design principles can be used to make more personally identifiable and valuable assistive technologies. As important as Norman's book was to technology design, Design Meets Disability could have a similar impact within the AT field." Jeff Higginbotham Augmentative and Alternative Communication



"The book... acts as a manifesto by condemning many of the existing products designed for people with disabilities, and challenging designers to use their skills to develop inspiring alternatives." Alice Rawsthorn New York Times



"There is huge potential for innovation in the daily lives of disabled people. Graham Pullin"s timely and inspiring book describes a wide range of design challenges; many of these sound niche at first -- but have broad potential. What are needed are off-the-wall thinking, design craft, and engineering brilliance -- plus disabled people as expert co-designers." John Thackara , designer and author of In the Bubble



"This book will change your emotional response to designing for disability forever, as you discover that designs can celebrate a medical necessity, as in elegant and fashionable eyewear from Cutler and Gross, or openly express functionality, as in the carbon fiber running legs sported by Aimee Mullins. Graham Pullin creates this change with chapters that are rich with examples and luscious images, combining deep thinking with a light touch. In the second half of the book he presents us with a fascinating collection of his favorite designers, leaving us yearning for the meetings between design and disability that such rich talent might generate, given the opportunity." Bill Moggridge , Cofounder of IDEO and author of Designing Interactions

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"There is huge potential for innovation in the daily lives of disabled people. Graham Pullin's timely and inspiring book describes a wide range of design challenges; many of these sound niche at first - but have broad potential. What are needed are off-the-wall thinking, design craft, and engineering brilliance -- plus disabled people as expert co-designers". --John Thackara, Designer and author of In the Bubble

(John Thackara )

"This book will change your emotional response to disability forever, as you discover that designs can celebrate a medical necessity, as in elegant and fashionable eyewear from Cutler and Gross, or openly express functionality, as in the carbon fiber running legs sported by Aimee Mullins. Graham Pullin creates this change with seven chapters that are rich with examples and luscious images, combining deep thinking with a light touch. In the second half of the book he presents us with a fascinating collection of his favorite designers, leaving us yearning for the meetings between design and disability that such rich talent might generate, given the opportunity."--Bill Moggridge, Cofounder of IDEO and author of Designing Interactions

(Bill Moggridge )

"As a teacher of design through the lens of disability, Graham Pullin is without peer."--Hugh Herr, MIT Media Lab

(Hugh M. Herr )

" Design Meets Disability may be compared to Donald Norman's (1988) Psychology of Everyday Things, which showed how research in cognitive psychology can inform commercial design. Similarly, Design Meets Disability explains how commercial design principles can be used to make more personally identifiable and valuable assistive technologies. As important as Norman's book was to technology design, Design Meets Disability could have a similar impact within the AT field." Jeff Higginbotham Augmentative and Alternative Communication



"The book... acts as a manifesto by condemning many of the existing products designed for people with disabilities, and challenging designers to use their skills to develop inspiring alternatives." Alice Rawsthorn New York Times



"There is huge potential for innovation in the daily lives of disabled people. Graham Pullin"s timely and inspiring book describes a wide range of design challenges; many of these sound niche at first -- but have broad potential. What are needed are off-the-wall thinking, design craft, and engineering brilliance -- plus disabled people as expert co-designers." John Thackara , designer and author of In the Bubble



"This book will change your emotional response to designing for disability forever, as you discover that designs can celebrate a medical necessity, as in elegant and fashionable eyewear from Cutler and Gross, or openly express functionality, as in the carbon fiber running legs sported by Aimee Mullins. Graham Pullin creates this change with chapters that are rich with examples and luscious images, combining deep thinking with a light touch. In the second half of the book he presents us with a fascinating collection of his favorite designers, leaving us yearning for the meetings between design and disability that such rich talent might generate, given the opportunity." Bill Moggridge , Cofounder of IDEO and author of Designing Interactions

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Product Details

  • Series: MIT Press
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press; First Edition edition (February 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262162555
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262162555
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,288,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Read as part of a Design and Disability course, though the book was very interesting, and would have been great as a casual read not aligned with any particular course.

The author expressed their opinion that lessons learned by designers in the field of general design can assist in creating assistive technology, though the goals of the two industries (general design/assistive technology) may not seem to overlap much at first. Each chapter was a different comparison of two sets of "values" from the two industries, and how general design values could be applied towards developing assistive technology products. Book ends with some case studies of designers creating assistive technology.

Great read for designers and engineers, in addition to anyone curious about assistive technology at all!
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With persuasive and well-chosen examples, Pullin encourages more than designing to accommodate people of all ages and abilities - though this in itself is an important and challenging mission. Pullin demonstrates how the functional characteristics of disabilities offer designers new opportunities for design innovation. A must-read for professional designers and anyone interested in design for people of all ages and abilities.
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ordered for class, terrible choose by the faculty. the whole book to me is like a graduate student's research paper, oh Pullin was an art graduate student. You know what a art student research paper looks like, full book of gathered useless information towards his goal. Although i do think we should put emphasis on experience rather than solution, it just washed away as you read across the book, in the end it is a long insensitive thing, boring to finish reading it, though i make it to end. And, yh, i hate it because an undergraduate can do better than this.
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