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dc.contributor.authorStockton, Glynn
dc.identifier.citation11th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, Creating a Better Worlden
dc.descriptionPublished in Creating a better world - Proceedings from the 11th international conference on engineering and product design educationen
dc.description.abstractInclusive Design is the practice of providing access to a solution for as many users as possible. However, stigma can be seen as the Achilles heel of Inclusive Design, as it is possible for artefacts employed by users outside of mainstream society to carry a negative association independently of the user. This can result in mainstream users rejecting the product, which can in turn become a signifier of the stigmatised condition leading to further discrimination. This paper details methods identified for addressing negative associations that products can carry when employed by stigmatised user groups. It is made clear from the outset that stigma is a societal wide issue and the research is not intended to try and address this; the outcome is intended to be a disassociation from the stigma for the artefacts. Research was conducted and several methods were identified where products had become successfully disassociated from the stigmatised user, meaning that the product itself was free from any negative association. These methods were then taxonomised and evaluated for effectiveness for creating artefacts free of negative association. It was found that it is possible to create artefacts that are free from negative association and although it may not have been the intention to address the stigma of the user, this may occur as a benefit.en
dc.publisherInstitution of Engineering Designersen
dc.subjectInclusive Designen
dc.subjectProduct Designen
dc.subjectDesign Methodologyen
dc.titleStigma: Addressing Negative Associations in Product Designen

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    The UCD research group is a collaboration between CSAD and PDR with a shared interest in the importance of the prototype as a focus around which ethnographical research methods can be deployed in design praxis.

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