8 Goals of Universal Design

The 7 Principles of Universal Design are well known in the universal design world. They’ve been used as a guide for many years by design professionals. The IDeA Center at the University at Buffalo has taken these principles and made them more practical.

The 8 Goals of Universal Design© help practitioners apply UD and measure outcomes. They cover functional, social and emotional dimensions. The Goals can be used as a framework for research, communicating UD and for practical application. The Goals complement the 7 Principles of Universal Design, which still stand as general principles. The IDeA Center was concerned that the principles were based on Western norms. So they added cultural appropriateness to the list. 

Briefly, the 8 Goals are:

        1. Body Fit
        2. Comfort
        3. Awareness
        4. Understanding
        5. Wellness
        6. Social integration
        7. Personalization
        8. Cultural appropriateness

The IDeA Center website has more information and some pictures to help explain.

The 8 Goals of Universal Design in pictures.

The goals were devised by Steinfeld and Maisel, 2012 ©