TRIVIA: What is the Definition of Universal Design
A set of principles that govern the creation and format of an architectural installation or project in such a way that it is accessible to anyone and everyone, regardless of their individual circumstances, e.g., age, disability, or language.
So is this about decorating the sun, moon and the stars?
Universal design doesn’t target aliens in the sci-fi sense, but a lot of us can certainly relate to the feeling of being in alien territory when confronted with signage in a foreign language, designed with unfamiliar symbols. As societies become more diverse, architects, builders and designers have risen to the occasion and developed architectural environments that can accommodate the needs of all users. Examples in the built environment include the installation of bright lighting, wide hallways, and clear, large-print labels on equipment control panels. In terms of architectural signage, it can mean the use of simplified symbols such as those selected by the Society for Environmental Graphic Design in conjunction with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Hablamos Juntos, that can be used to identify the most popular departments and functions of a hospital, e.g., the emergency room, restrooms, and pharmacy.
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