In earlier episodes of Designing Cities for All, we have seen that design is everywhere and everything around us is designed. We have also seen that there are flaws in these designs, because what we tend to do in this world is design for the middle and forget about the margins. Wouldn’t we create and build stronger structures for everyone, when we design for the people who are actually living with the failures of our designed products, spaces, and systems?
This livecast will be subtitled (English)!
As an interaction designer and teacher, Marie van Driessche (Amsterdam) is fascinated by the way people interact with digital products and each other. Her focus is to design proper, meaningful and inclusive solutions. After her BA and MA studies in the Hague and London, she moved to France to work as a designer. She worked on developing accessibility solutions through broadcasting messages in French Sign Language by virtual characters. After returning to the Netherlands, Marie started working at eend.nl where she designed and developed websites for various companies, mostly for government agencies and the public sector. Afterwards she worked at ABN AMRO Bank N.V. Currently she works as an interaction designer with a focus on accessibility at VPRO Broadcasting Company. Marie also teaches UX / UI at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.
Fashion designer Rut Turró (Barcelona) is the founder of Movingmood, a social enterprise specialised in fashion and diversity that focuses on research, product development, and education. With their award-winning strategy, they have developed an own method for training designers and fashion brands in clothing accessibility. Inclusion starts with accessibility, that’s why Rut believes in fashion for all abilities, instead of making a specific line. To allow designers and fashion companies to make inclusive clothing, Movingmood has developed Accessibility Mood Boards, a visual and practical system to apply the principles of accessible fashion. In 2021, Rut also joined the #BetterIncubation project supported by the EU for Employment and Social Innovation as an Expert on People With Disabilities.
Astrid Linder is Professor & Research Director of Traffic Safety at VTI, the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute, where she is responsible for the development of the research area crash safety and biomechanics. Traffic safety, models of the human in crash testing, injury prevention, and crash-related countermeasures are the main fields of her research activity. Astrid has been involved in injury prevention since the late 1990s and is renowned for her work in developing both physical and virtual models of the average female for crash testing. In crash test laboratories, the average male is the norm (!) of the crash test dummy representing the human in the crash. According to Astrid, occupant diversity of both males and females should be addressed when designing and evaluating vehicle safety systems.