Winners of design challenge announced

After 24 exhausting hours, one of the design teams reigned supreme: The winning idea was an innovative new service where audio helps make browsing through pictures a richer and more meaningful experience.

After 24 exhausting hours, one of the design teams reigned supreme: The winning idea was an innovative new service where audio helps make browsing through pictures a richer and more meaningful experience.

This challenge took place during the conference entitled Innovation for All 2010 - The European Business Conference on Inclusive Design, which was organised by the Norwegian Design Council in collaboration with the Royal College of Art Helen Hamlyn Centre on the 20-21st of May at DogA, the Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture in Oslo.

Four teams of designers were assigned the task of designing an inclusive product or service. The project had to be submitted within the space of 24 hours, taking as its basis the needs of a creative partner in each group who represented user needs through being in some way or another - differently abled.

“This is the second time we organise this competition in Oslo,” says Onny Eikhaug, programme manager for The Norwegian Design Council inclusive design initative and conference organiser. She was impressed by the high level of expertise shown in the projects submitted. The teams consisted of top designers in Norway and competition was exceedingly fierce.

Minister of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion Audun Lysbakken presented the winners of the design challenge who were selected based on audience vote. Lysbakken commented in his speech that we need more and better design solutions in order to achieve a truly inclusive society. He also started his talk by quoting the Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen: “Always design a thing by considering it in its next larger context - a chair in a room, a room in a house, a house in an environment, an environment in a city plan.” And designing in context is what inclusive design is all about.
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