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Collaborative Project – Designing for the Senses: RNIB (Royal National Institute for Blind People) redesign
Second year students engaged with the RNIB (Royal National Institute for Blind People) to redesign their lobby and waiting area, in order to make it more appealing to the senses, more inclusive for disabled users and more in line with RNIB’s brand communication.
This video is one of the group responses to the brief, documenting their design process.
Second year students are working on a collaborative project to redesign the public areas of the Royal National institute of Blind People in Judd street. Throughout the term the students will be working in groups to create a space that represents RNIB’S vision and aims, that is functional for people of all seeing abilities and that works with all senses. Students are asked to design for the emotional properties of sensory space and create an inclusive space experience.
This morning the students were briefed by Hugh Huddy, who explained the RNIB’S aims as well as how blind and partially sighted people navigate space.
Hugh Huddy talking to the students at the RNIB
Students spent some time documenting the space, mapping the sensory properties and the atmosphere of the space as well as the user journeys through the spaces.
Students documenting the space at RNIB
In the afternoon, Mik Scarlet, access consultant, came to lecture the students about inclusive design.
Mik Scarlet talking to students at LCC
“What is inclusive design? Design that allows any user to interact with a space, product or building in as similar manner as possible. […] it ensures shared experience for all users”. “It’s designers that design the barriers”