Disruptive Inclusive: Disruptive ideas in inclusive design
The 8th International Conference on Inclusive Design was organised by the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the RCA. Our headline sponsor was Realys and cultural partner the British Council.
The conference theme for 2015 was Disruptive Ideas in Inclusive Design.
Ever since the international inclusive design community first came together around the needs of older and disabled people for the inaugural Include conference in 2001, a series of disruptions have moved the tectonic plates under the field.
Definitions of inclusive design have expanded, new directions have proliferated and the rapid emergence of new technologies has altered the landscape too.
Co-design, co-creation and crowdsourcing have re-cast the relationship between designers and users; social innovation and digital manufacture have raised new agendas.
As a result, the pluralistic world of inclusive design now looks very different from the picture at the turn of the new millennium.
Include 2015, the 8th international conference on inclusive design at the RCA, explored these disruptions through:
- a series of keynote speaker presentations by
change experts in the field
- a poster gallery
- showreel presentations by inclusive designers
- a series of interactive workshops on
Include 2015 built its programme focusing on disruptive interventions that laid down challenges for the future.
The conference was held for the first time in the magnificent innovation setting of the new Dyson Building on the RCA’s Battersea campus and was timed to take place on the eve of the 2015 London Design Festival, so that delegates were able to stay on after the event to enjoy the spectacular design programme put on by the Festival across London.
Special Pre-Conference Event: The Orbit and the Olympic Park
Prior to the opening of Include 2015, there was a special visit to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the much-acclaimed site of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, on Wednesday 16 September from 3pm to 5.30pm.
Delegates were given a tour of the Olympic Park from the top of Anish Kapoor's famous Orbit sculpture and observation tower. This was followed by a seminar organised by the London Legacy Development Corporation on the inclusive design legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and how it has affected the subsequent design of an entire new urban neighbourhood. The event concluded with a drinks reception inside the Orbit.