Conferences

Socially Sustainable Design Symposium at ABX

IHCD puts together a yearly symposium at the Architecture Boston Expo in Boston, Masschusetts U.S.A. 

Change People's Lives

In September 2011, IHCD, along with the State of Massachuetts a four part event incluing a conference, a design competition, an exhibit and a policy summit. Speakers included Governer Deval Patrick, Paralymipan Cheri Blauet MD, Gururaj Despande, and Steve Sailing.

Explore the archived website for Change People's Lives

Designing for the 21st Century, An International Conference on Universal Design

December 8-12, 2004
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The Institute for Human Centered Design is the lead sponsor for Designing for the 21st Century, An International Conference on Universal Design. Conferences bring together the world's leaders in the movement to design places, things and communication that works for everyone. To date, more than 30 nations have been represented. The United Nations has facilitated attendance by leaders from the developing economies. Over 40 international organizations have collaborated. Presenters including design practitioners and educators, leaders from disability and aging organizations, business, government rehabilitation professionals, the media, and business reported on projects and policies of universal design in products, environments and information technology.

Events include an international student competition, exhibitors, an international awards program and a digital publication of the Proceedings. The last conference was held in Rio de Janeiro in 2004. That year, for the first time, Designing for the 21st Century focused on building bridges between developing and developed economies on human-centered design. Another priority for the 2004 conference wasto explore the complementary values and practice of sustainable design in relation to universal design. The program was structured to emphasize experiential learning with charrettes in the city and other opportunities for hands-on learning and interaction.

Web Design that Works for Everyone

October 18-19, 2002
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, USA

Sponsored by the Institute for Human Centered Design and the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).

Web Design that Works for Everyone was held in the fall of 2002. It's purpose was to bring together the two worlds of digital design and accessible technology, and to deliver useful information about practice, policy, and tools in order to serve as a catalyst for innovative collaborations. It began with the premise that user diversity is the reality of an ever-expanding audience. By embracing the practical and valued role of information facilitator, the designer can open new worlds for people previously excluded from the opportunities inherent in the World Wide Web: people with physical, sensory, and cognitive disabilities, older people, people with limited literacy, and people across the globe using all types of devices.