Blog 11

When I design something, I sometimes just think about what looks the most aesthetically pleasing or most functional for the people without disabilities. Older adults are quite complicated to design for. Empathic design is a design concept that should be considered. The designer steps into that persons shoes and understands their needs. The designer must do research about their specific kind of issue in order to meet the needs of the older adult. If you are designing a healthcare facility, then you must consider all the adults needs when you are designing for them. A designer must think about color, wayfinding, and patterns during the process. Older adults are impacted by these design features and as the designer, you must think of empathic design. Designing with empathy is key when designing for older adults.

One of my grandma’s has many health issues. She lives in a housing addition that is handicapped accessible because she is handicapped. About 9 years ago she was in a horrific car accident that she should not have survived. She has issues with falling, back pain, standing, walking, and sleeping. The items that she uses are a walker and a motorized wheelchair. She needs a place where she will feel safe and if she falls, she will not hurt herself. I would design her a home where everything is accessible. I would use a low pile carpet and nonslip tile. The door handles would be easy to use and I would make sure that there is a way she could call for help if she falls again.

The argument activity in class made us think. We were not supposed to come up with solutions to that argument, but we did were supposed to counter it with another argument. It was challenging to not have found the solutions to the problems.

The reading was insightful because it gave me five key points on how to create a successful interior design business. Those five points are connection, knowledge, process, practice, and commitment. The areas that I feel I am most prepared in is knowledge. In school, we are taught sustainable practices since day one, however, we are not taught how to practice it. Practice, I think is what I am least prepared for. We are taught about sustainable practices, but we never partake in them. I feel very accomplished in knowledge, practice, and commitment. Sometimes I have issues with the knowing which process to take, but once I know that, I practice it and it becomes a commitment like recycling.

Leyla’s talk was well done. One thing she said that intrigued me was “consumption is the biggest problem, but design is the best solution.” I believe this statement because people like to consume things. This leads to a larger storage area therefore causing people to consume more things. Leyla discusses the consumption of tea in her talk in Europe. The people fill up an entire kettle of water for one cup of tea. They do not use most of the water and it cost a good amount of energy to heat the water. The amount of water and the energy to heat it is the problem. One solution would be to design a kettle that used less water for one cup of tea. Another topic that she discussed was the consumption of food. The food that people buy is wasted because they do not eat all of it or even use it. It is quite sad about how much food is wasted.

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