Tarkett launches practical design guide with neurodiversity focus

A new guide from Tarkett is tackling the misconception that inclusive design for people living with dementia and other specific needs curbs creativity and leads to uninspiring solutions. By interrogating the different ways in which we experience and interpret our surroundings, the guide encourages designers to explore new ideas and solutions.

Human Conscious Design Principles argues that designing with specific needs in mind can, in fact, unlock creativity. In the guide, the global leader in recyclable flooring explores the world through the lens of neurodiversity with the particular needs of individuals with dementia diagnosis, ADHD, and autism in mind.

The guide offers insight into how an individual’s senses can impact their health and wellbeing if an environment is not calibrated correctly for them, and how certain smells, sounds, colours, patterns, textures, and lighting can cause discomfort for anyone, but even more so when they are living with dementia or have other sensory issues.

Shaz Hawkins, segment marketing manager UK&IE at Tarkett, said: “Inclusive design sits at the heart of what we do. As one of the leading manufacturers of floor and wall surfaces, it’s our job to ensure that the products we develop are not just technically fit for purpose but support the well-being of the individuals utilising the space, whether that be a school, a hospital, an office, a hotel or a home. This new practical guide gives a voice to individuals with lived experiences across ADHD, autism and dementia, and highlights some of the challenges they face day-to-day. We hope that it will help designers and end users learn, explore and incorporate new ideas to create more interesting, inspiring and supportive environments for everyone.”

https://digital.tarkett.co.uk/en-gb/human-conscious-design-principles

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