The 7 principles
The 7 principles of universal design were developed at the North Carolina State University in 1997 by architects, product designers and environmental design researchers, to guide designers towards more universal solutions.
The principles can be used to evaluate and reflect upon existing solutions. Furthermore to accommodate a universal design process not excluding anyone.
The design is useful and marketable to people with diverse abilities
Flexibility in Use
The design accomodates a wide range of individualism and abilities
Simple and Intuitive Use
The design should be easy to understand regardless of the users knowledge, language, skills or concentration level.
The design communicates necessary information effectively to the user, regardless of ambientconditions or the user’s sensory abilities.
Tolerance for Error
The design minimizes hazards and the adverse consequences of accidental unintended actions
Low Physical Effort
The design can be used efficiently and comfortably and with a minumum of fatigue.