Inclusive Design - Bad Practice

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Examples of designs that are not inclusive or have been poorly executed. If you have any examples please do send them to us.

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This paving pattern on a pavement in Bath is laid in different shades of grey brick paviors. The pattern is quite disturbing and could be confusing to people with visual impairments. The edge of the pavement could also be hard to distinguish. Block Paving Patterns, Grey Block Paving, Block Paving Patio, Driveway Paving, Driveway Design, Pattern Blocks, Pavement Design, Grey Brick, Distinguish Between

This paving pattern on a pavement in Bath is laid in different shades of grey brick paviors. The pattern is quite disturbing and could be confusing to people with visual impairments. The edge of the pavement could also be hard to distinguish.

This ramp at the entrance to an historic building is exceptionally steep. It would be very difficult to push a wheechair up the ramp because of its gradient and impossible to self propel a manual wheelchair. The surface of the ramp is very shiny and looks slippery which would add to the difficulty. There are no edges or rails to the ramp to prevent slipping off the edge.  Image courtesy of Sandra Manley. Manual Wheelchair, Entrance, Surface, Museum, Building, Image, Design, Appetizer, Construction

This ramp at the entrance to an historic building is exceptionally steep. It would be very difficult to push a wheechair up the ramp because of its gradient and impossible to self propel a manual wheelchair. The surface of the ramp is very shiny and looks slippery which would add to the difficulty. There are no edges or rails to the ramp to prevent slipping off the edge. Image courtesy of Sandra Manley.

The lighting in this ladies toilet is very dark, the doors to the WC compartments on the left  are finished flush and only a small recessed handle distinguishes their existence.    Floors and walls have very little colour contrast. A mirror at the end of the room adds to confusion.   Image courtesy of Sandra Manley, UWE. Distinguish Between, Colour Contrast, Confusion, Floors, Toilet, It Is Finished, Walls, Handle, Mirror

The lighting in this ladies toilet is very dark, the doors to the WC compartments on the left are finished flush and only a small recessed handle distinguishes their existence. Floors and walls have very little colour contrast. A mirror at the end of the room adds to confusion. Image courtesy of Sandra Manley, UWE.

This residential street lack a continuous 'safe' route that would help visually impaired people to move through it. The use of shared surfaces needs to be used in appropriate locations and carefully designed to be inclusive. Urban Design, Street, People, Walkway, Folk

This residential street lack a continuous 'safe' route that would help visually impaired people to move through it. The use of shared surfaces needs to be used in appropriate locations and carefully designed to be inclusive.

This is the entrance area of a meeting room at City Hall, London. The room has room dividers that are made of stainless steel. The surface is very reflective. The light from the large windows is bouncing off the floor and walls making it a very confusing for visually impaired people. It would be difficult for a person with visual impairment to distinguish walls from the floor.   Image courtesy of Sandra Manley, UWE Visual Impairment, Distinguish Between, Room Dividers, Large Windows, Entrance, Surface, Stainless Steel, Flooring, London

This is the entrance area of a meeting room at City Hall, London. The room has room dividers that are made of stainless steel. The surface is very reflective. The light from the large windows is bouncing off the floor and walls making it a very confusing for visually impaired people. It would be difficult for a person with visual impairment to distinguish walls from the floor. Image courtesy of Sandra Manley, UWE

This internal sign is a stainless steel sign with black lettering. Reflections on the stainless steel make it virtually unreadable. Image courtesy of Sandra Manley, UWE. Reflection, Stainless Steel, Lettering, How To Make, Image, Black, Design, Calligraphy, Black People

This internal sign is a stainless steel sign with black lettering. Reflections on the stainless steel make it virtually unreadable. Image courtesy of Sandra Manley, UWE.

The steps up to this housing complex are relatively shallow, but clear nosings are absent and colour contrast is minimal. The tread of each step step takes up more than two standard paving slabs. There is no handrail.  At the top of the steps there is no landing to stand on.   Image courtesy of Sandra Manley, UWE. Paving Slabs, Colour Contrast, Shallow, Landing, Minimalism, Outdoor Decor, Top, Image, Design

The steps up to this housing complex are relatively shallow, but clear nosings are absent and colour contrast is minimal. The tread of each step step takes up more than two standard paving slabs. There is no handrail. At the top of the steps there is no landing to stand on. Image courtesy of Sandra Manley, UWE.

The timber decking in the public realm in Bristol Docks proved to be slippery when wet and after several months was altered to include some non-slip sections. Some seating is provided which enables people to experience a pleasant view over the water but thee benches do not have backrests. It is difficult to determine the edge of the docks from the photograph.  Image courtesy of Sandra Manley, UWE. Pleasant View, Slippery When Wet, Timber Deck, Public Realm, Decking, Benches, Bristol, Photograph, Water

The timber decking in the public realm in Bristol Docks proved to be slippery when wet and after several months was altered to include some non-slip sections. Some seating is provided which enables people to experience a pleasant view over the water but thee benches do not have backrests. It is difficult to determine the edge of the docks from the photograph. Image courtesy of Sandra Manley, UWE.

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