Ideas for the "Introduction to Design" Community Workshop

Dana Ayotte dana.ayotte at
Wed Jul 20 20:30:58 UTC 2016

Hi All,

Sepideh and I are planning the community meeting next week. There had been a request to talk about design principles, and Sepideh sent an email out a couple of weeks ago soliciting ideas for what you would like to discuss. 

We didn’t hear back from many of you, so we wanted to let you know what we are currently planning, and if you have any additional suggestions please let us know.

We were thinking to discuss some of the Principles and Practices that we have included in the Inclusive Design Guide <>, with particular focus on the challenges that we encounter when using/applying them. We’d like to acknowledge these challenges and brainstorm some solutions. In a number of cases, we have defined brief activities related to the principles, and we are planning to work through these activities as part of the process. We would also like to get your feedback on the effectiveness of these activities, and any suggestions you may have for new ones.

We look forward to talking with you next week!


Dana Ayotte
Inclusive Designer
Inclusive Design Research Centre
OCAD University <> <>

> On Jul 7, 2016, at 11:15 AM, Shahi, Sepideh <sshahi at> wrote:
> Hello Everyone,
> There has been a general interest to have a community workshop about “Design Principles” or “Introduction to Design” within the context of inclusive design. Dana and I will be leading a workshop about this topic on July 27th and we were curious about what the Fluid community would like to know or discuss about design. 
> So we’d like to throw a few questions out to start the conversation about this topic. However, you are not limited to these questions; let us know if there are other design related topics/issues you would like to be discussed in the workshop:
> What are the big or small questions you have about design? These can be related to design processes, methods, tools, specific fields, etc.
> Are you interested in knowing how you could benefit from design in your field?
> Are you interested in doing some hands-on activities? We can try some of the ‘Inclusive Design Guide’ activities as a group or some of the tools created by Jutta. 
> We are eagerly looking forward to hearing from you.
> Best,
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> E: sshahi at <mailto:sshahi at>
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