The Centre for Excellence in Universal Design in Ireland has a comprehensive list that covers all the myths and misinformation about the purpose of universal design. Briefly, the 10 things to know about universal design are:
- Universal design strives to improve the original design concept by making it more inclusive
- Universally designed products can have a high aesthetic value
- Universal design is much more than just a new design trend
- Universal design does not aim to replace the design of products targeted at specific markets
- Universal design is not another name for compliance with accessible design standards
- Universal design benefits more people than older people and people with disabilities
- Universal design can be undertaken by any designer, not just specialists
- Universal design should be integrated throughout the design process
- Universal design is not just about ‘one size fits all’
- A universally designed product is the goal: universal design is the process
Editor’s comment: the CEUD website is looking a little dated, but the content remains valid and is good for newcomers to the topic. There are several guidelines for practitioners too.
See more detail about these 10 things and other resources on the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design website.
There are more explanations in the What is Universal Design section of this website.