R82 Scallop designer Keira Gwynn recently joined Kat Holmes, founder of KATA, a platform for advancing inclusion in product development and digital experiences; Patricia Moore, internationally renowned gerontologist, designer and president of Moore Design Associates; and human-centered designerand  former attorney Elise Roy at a day long symposium presented by the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, in partnership with the New York City’s Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities.

The Cooper Hewitt Access+Ability platform was designed promote dialog on how to make cities more accessible and promote intentional user-focused design.

In her opening statement, Caroline Baumann, Director of Cooper Hewitt, shared that Cooper Hewitt is the only design museum in America with a purpose to inspire and empower people through design. “Equal access is a rights issue affecting over one billion people with disabilities and more of the world’s population is living in cities than ever before. Accessibility and inclusivity is — or shoud be — a primary goal for all organizations and must be front and center as a priority for America’s design museum,” Ms. Baumann said.

She added that the museum’s second director, Diane Pilgram, uses a wheelchair and was a pioneer in the 1990s who was dedicated to making a difference in access to the Cooper Hewitt a priority and set the stage for other museums and public places to follow.

Without People in Mind, Design is Blind says R82 designer

#R82 designer Keira Gwynn was a big hit Cooper Hewitt #Access+ability exhibition opening. Her #R82Scallop will remain on display through September 2018. The museum has picked up on her quote, "Without people in mind, design is blind . . ." Watch!

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“Today, accessibility and inclusion are one of Cooper Hewitt’s five strategic pillars for the years ahead. With thousands of visitors yearly, now is the time to embrace accessibility in its broadest sense,” Ms. Baumann said.

She concluded by paraphrasing from Ms. Gwynn’s presentation on the story behind the development of the R82 Scallop, “Without people in mind, design is blind.”

The R82 Scallop is among several design-conscious products to come from the design teams based in Scandinavia, including Welsh ex-pat, Ms. Gywnn.


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