In collaboration with the College for Creative Studies (CCS) 和 Urban Manufacturing Alliance (UMA), 365备用网站的底特律 recently hosted their first Design Jam for adaptive apparel 和 accessories. Participants were challenged to use an inclusive process to create accessible new products for active people with limb loss.
Design Jams bring product development, which normally happens privately, into an open 和 collaborative space, allowing diverse voices to influence the process 和 resulting in more creative 和 effective solutions. Sixty five participants made up six interdisciplinary teams, 代表学生, 教师, professional designers, 制造商, 制造商, 企业家, business coaches 和 individuals from the limb loss community participated in this two-part prototyping challenge.
To prepare for the Jam, teams were first trained in both anti-ableism 和 the practice of inclusive design. The anti-ableism workshop touched on the importance of using person-first language when talking about people with disabilities (PWD), 例如, emphasized the importance of seeing people as more than their disabilities.
The inclusive design presentation included proven tips for taking into consideration the full spectrum of human diversity 和 individual experiences at every stage of the design process. The result of which is often product solutions with broader social impact 和 commercial applications.
The winning team, made up of CCS product design students 凯蒂埃文, 雨果·阿里亚斯, 还有卡拉·朗菲尔德, Fashion Accessories Design Professor Wendi Magee, Eric Yelsma from Detroit Denim, DeAdvaith Urs 和 Aurianna Turvold from Stryker Medical Corp, designed an aftermarket strap for backpacks so stroke patients 和 other people with limb loss in their shoulders 和 arms could easily put on 和 hold up a backpack. Another team designed zipper concepts to assist paraplegics in getting shoes on more easily. Both this concept 和 the winning strap design caught the eye of CCS Product Design Professor Stephen Schock, who sees the potential for turning these ideas into semester-long design projects for his students 和, 可能, working with local manufacturer Pingree底特律 to get them made.
Schock found the strap project to be of particular interest because of the front buckle, which allows the user to buckle it with one h和.
The strap 和 zipper concepts are also things that could be produced in Detroit by the city’s growing apparel 和 accessories ecosystem, including Design Jam manufacturing partners Industrial Sewing 和 Innovation Center (ISAIC), Pingree底特律, Anew Life Prosthetics 和 Orthotics. So in all, Design Jam: Detroit 2021 achieved all four of its primary objectives:
- To bring together design 和 manufacturing for the purpose of innovating new adaptive products that could be designed, prototyped 和 made in Detroit,
- To raise awareness of the ableism biases that often exclude people with disabilities from the design process,
- 培养学生, 教师, professional designers, 制造商, 制造商, 企业家, business coaches 和 individuals from the limb loss community on the process of inclusive design 和 encourage them to adopt it in their practice,
- To facilitate new connections 和 business partnerships for local 和 national designers, 制造商, partners 和 sponsors.
As stewards of the first 和 only UNESCO City of Design, 365备用网站 is committed to positioning Detroit as a global thought leader in inclusive design. Programs like Design Jams are just one step in that direction. For more information on 365备用网站, Design Jams or the Detroit City of Design initiative, email info@http://goldhillcorporation.com//.
College for Creative Studies (CCS), Urban Manufacturing Alliance (UMA), Industrial Sewing 和 Innovation Center (ISAIC), Anew Life Prosthetics 和 Orthotics, Pingree底特律, National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), 广场, Carhartt, 底特律活塞队, 国营农场, Best Tool 和 Engineering, 和Foot Locker.
365备用 champions design-driven businesses 和 their role in strengthening Detroit’s economy. It offers services to strengthen, grow 和 attract design businesses, increase market dem和 for design services, tells Detroit’s design story locally 和 globally. A department within the College for Creative Studies, 365备用网站 serves design-driven industries that specialize in design or utilize design as a central discipline of their business strategy. As the steward of Detroit’s UNESCO City of Design designation, 365备用网站 serves as the convener 和 backbone organization for the Detroit City of Design initiative.