The Difference Between Inclusive Design and Accessibility

In its magazine The New Standard, watch designer (and retailer) Eone gives an eloquent answer the question “What’s the Difference Between ‘Inclusive Design’ and ‘Accessibility’?” Although this is a marketing piece, the approach and tone conveyed are thoughtful and sincere.                           

Eone believes inclusive design is a social justice issue. “Unlike assistive devices, inclusive design doesn’t specifically target people with disabilities. ‘Good design’ considers the best form and function for some people, but excludes many people on the basis of ability — and individuals with disabilities are often left out.”

Inclusive or universal design considers as many people’s needs as possible. It aims to please a diverse range of individuals and accommodate a variety of experiences and ways of interacting with the world. 

“Accessibility traditionally means making special considerations for people with disabilities. It’s the difference between designing a watch that can be read by touch or sight, and taking a standard analog watch and adding braille instead of numbers.”

Eone calls itself an inclusive design company. One of its signature items is its Bradley timepiece, a watch designed for telling time either by touch or sight.

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