UNIVERSAL DESIGN

MAKING DESIGN ACCESSIBLE TO EVERYONE

 

At pba we strongly believe that the form of an object not only establishes its function, but it also gives a clear indication of how the designers look at the world. Nowadays there can’t be any human activity, including the design of a new object, that doesn't take into consideration the responsibility of its effect and of its consequences on the world.

We declare our intention to continuously pursue sustainability and accessibility of what we do with an even wider and more durable approach. The products we design and manufacture for a “life without barriers” must fulfill inclusion and accessibility and are considered a success only if they are intended to be for everyone: not for a particular category of users, but for all men and women living in a comfortable space.

The Design For All bathroom accessories and the many products of our Architectural Hardware range are designed with the purpose to be inclusive: our wish is to make excellence accessible to everyone.

According to the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design, Universal Design is the design and structure of an environment that can be understood, accessed, and used to the greatest extent possible by all people, regardless of their age or ability.

 

That means that when designers think about and plan around people's diverse needs and abilities, they can create products and environments that actually meet those needs and abilities.

 

In 1997, Ronald Mace led a working group of architects, product designers, engineers, and environmental design researchers, to create the 7 principles of universal design to help guide the design process of environments, products and communications.

 

Principle 1: Equitable Use. The design is useful and marketable to people with diverse abilities.

 

Principle 2: Flexibility in Use. The design accommodates a wide range of individual preferences and abilities.

 

Principle 3: Simple and Intuitive Use.  Use of the design is easy to understand, regardless of the user's experience, knowledge, language skills, or current concentration level.

 

Principle 4: Perceptible Information. The design communicates necessary information effectively to the user, regardless of ambient conditions or the user's sensory abilities.

 

Principle 5: Tolerance for Error. The design minimizes hazards and the adverse consequences of accidental or unintended actions.

 

Principle 6: Low Physical Effort.  The design can be used efficiently and comfortably and with a minimum of fatigue.

 

Principle 7: Size and Space for Approach and Use. Appropriate size and space is provided for approach, reach, manipulation, and use regardless of user's body size, posture, or mobility.