Nov 27, 2017
The Institute for Human Centered Design (IHCD) is pleased to announce that Dr. Carpman, our long-time collaborator and colleague, will be joining IHCD in a new role, our first Director of Wayfinding.  
Jan has more than 30 years’ experience as a wayfinding consultant (with Carpman Grant Associates) to medical, educational, arts & cultural, government, and other public facilities. With her longtime partner, Myron Grant, and sign designer, Dick Nicolson, she has analyzed, planned, and designed wayfinding systems for over 70 organizations with large, complex sites and buildings, and has involved thousands of users in her work. 
Nov 6, 2017
With the arrival of a new director in 2011, the board envisioned a more accessible and inclusive museum providing physical, sensory, intellectual, aesthetic, and social access for everyone. The board also aspired for the museum to appeal to a more broad audience, including the next generation of visitors; new immigrants from Brazil, Vietnam, and Ghana; and 30,000 students from 13 local colleges. The community surrounding the Worcester Art Museum (now known by its acronym, WAM) has changed a lot since the museum’s 1898 Victorian-era beginnings.
Mattias Waschek, formerly of the Pulitzer Art Foundation and Musee du Louvre, was selected to lead the museum and its collection of more than 35,000 works representing more than 50 centuries, the second-largest fine arts museum in New England.
He eagerly embraced the board’s vision.
Oct 20, 2017
In the 1990s, San Francisco removed all of the benches from Civic Center Plaza. In 2001, all remaining seating in nearby United Nations Plaza was removed in the middle of the night. Over the years, public seating has been removed from virtually the entire city. While this anti-homelessness strategy has given way a little with the emergence of the city’s many parklets, it’s still in full effect.

Decades after the full-scale seating removal in Civic Center Plaza, there is still nary a bench. Unfortunately, you cannot say the same for the number of unhoused who congregate there. London’s Wellcome Collection is set to open a new show examining the relationship between design and the medical world, showing how graphics has had a pervasive influence.

Read Allison Arieff's Opinion from The New York Times

Oct 11, 2017

DEEP 2017 logo

Oct. 11-12, 2017.
OCAD University, 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

This year at DEEP 2017:

Learning to Support and Understand Diversity & Complexity

“Let’s not teach our machines our stereotypes & presumptions.”
More and more decisions are being delegated to machines, whether to authorize access, recognize illnesses, predict risks, determine loan and credit worthiness, academic potential, future employment performance or a multitude of other functions. This trend has the potential to amplify existing inequities.
Whether we welcome or fear machine intelligence, it is important that we attend to what we teach machines. Do our machines understand and serve individuals that are different or fail to recognize and ignore anyone that does not conform to the model of an average human?
In understanding how bias against outliers is detrimental to machine-learning we gain insights into how our human stereotypes are embedded in our traditional research and public policies, and damage our society.


Oct 9, 2017

The 33nd Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity

Pacific Rim International Conference on disability and diversityThe 33nd Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity will be held on October 9-11, 2017 at Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort & the Modern Honolulu. The Call for Proposals is NOW OPEN, so be sure to submit your ideas early! 

For more information, please visit us at, or feel free to e-mail, or call 1-808-956-7539.



Sep 19, 2017

Helen Hamlyn Research  Symposium 2017

Tuesday 19 September 2017, 5-6.30pm

Followed by a private view of the Design.Different exhibition, 6.30–8pm

The Symposium features presentations of the Centre’s current Research Associate and PhD projects, and also includes special guest speakers. Following on from the Symposium will be a private view of the accompanying exhibition Design.Different; a show that displays the breadth of the Centre’s design-research work, highlighting projects that explore the Centre’s main research themes: Age & Diversity, Social & Global, and Healthcare.


Sep 5, 2017

London’s Wellcome Collection is set to open a new show examining the relationship between design and the medical world, showing how graphics has had a pervasive influence.

Read The Design Week Article By Sarah Dawood

Aug 26, 2017

IEA Florence 2018 Creativity in practice

The Italian Society of Ergonomics is pleased to host in 2018 in Florence, Italy, the 20th international IEA conference. It is the first time in the history of the 50 years of the IEA and the SIE that this event will take place in Italy and we are proud! The theme of the congress is “Creativity in Practice”, with reference to the typical challenge of the Italian way to innovation engaged to transform the results of research on innovation in concrete actions to improve the quality of life and work. The event will be not only an occasion to share new researches and case histories, but also an occasion to meet professionals from different countries, all engaged in brainstorming sessions to generate new ideas.
A quite new transversal design approach that is developing interesting synergies and practical results is Design for All-Universal Design.
Aug 21, 2017

Eclipse SoundScapes Project

On August 21, 2017, millions of people will view a total solar eclipse as it passes through the United States. However, for the visually impaired, or others who are unable to see the eclipse with their own eyes, the Eclipse Soundscapes Project delivers a multisensory experience of this exciting celestial event. The project, from NASA’s Heliophysics Education Consortium, will include audio descriptions of the eclipse in real time, recordings of the changing environmental sounds during the eclipse, and an interactive “rumble map” app that will allow users to visualize the eclipse through touch.



Aug 2, 2017
Willa Crolius, former Director of IHCD’s User Expert Lab and Coordinator of Public Programs, and current double masters student at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College of London shares a feminist critique of why women aren’t making it in design.