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There are a thousand ways to design and create towards inclusivity. On the 29th of June, One Size Fits None, the 28th instalment of the talk series This Happened London, will delve into the process behind a few of them from 6pm to 9pm. The event is hosted by LCC London at the London College of Communication Studios, Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre.
One Size fits None will follow the stories of five different speakers whose works revolve around inclusivity, disability and accessibility within the realms of design, art, technology, fashion and engineering. This Happened is a not-for-profit organisation curated by interaction designers Marion Lagedamont and Rosie Allen, and the event works on donations which are used to cover venue hire fees, the filming of the talks and nibbles. From a penny to a fiver, all budgets are welcome to come along.
The theme of this instalment is inclusive design, where a panel of designers and artists will share their processes when designing for a specific ability. One Size Fits None aims to interrogate assumptions surrounding how we cater to these abilities, and how meaty the iterative process can get in these fields. The speakers will be invited to question the reasons behind their work, the events that led them to take the path of inclusivity. How does one design, create for and/or with disability, what is the process behind each project, and most of all, what are the right questions to ask? How to understand what is truly needed to fight discrimination and exclusion and, once a goal is established, how does one recognise when something can work?
The incredibly talented Rosa Hutchesson, a knitwear designer, has designed a collection of seamless knitwear specifically to comfort autistic wearers, while being aesthetically pleasing. Her talk will touch on the particulars of hyper and hyposensitivity, the unexpected restrictions she met with design choices and materials, as well as the wealth of other obstacles she has overcome since embarking on this project. While Rosa covers the fashion aspect of the evening, Ross Atkin will tackle the engineering of urban streets. Designer and engineer based in London, Ross works in the realms between public space, digital technology, disabled people and the elderly. He intends to tell a more overarching story about the challenge of developing his work over time for public spaces; negotiating public transport regulations, and what the notion of accessibility currently means to the design and engineering of our streets. In yet another field, Salomé Bazin, founder of Cellule, a collaborative design studio for healthcare innovation, will present her modular wheelchair design approach that she worked on for Disrupt Disability. Divulging insight on the difficulties ergonomics play in traditional wheelchair design and how the established format of “one size fits all” does not in fact work for all users. Finally, multimedia artists Henrique Ghersi and Ben Glover, who form the collaborative studio Mata Coco, will talk about about their practice of creating immersive live experiences through art, theatre and technology. Henrique will be joining th event in person to talk about their collaborative works, and Ben’s deaf VR experience will be exhibited on the night, for everyone to enjoy!
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