An exploratory study on the effectiveness of an inclusive design tool with a metric to evaluate inclusivity of conceptual designs

Shraddha C. Sangelkar, Daniel A. McAdams

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Abstract

Inclusive design aims to provide equitable use of a product irrespective of the user's ability. Currently, sufficient tools are not available for practicing inclusive design. Recent research efforts have developed a method for inclusive design during the conceptual phase; the method consists of applying an empirically derived set of inclusive design rules to the actionfunction diagram of a product. This exploratory study investigates the effectiveness of this inclusive design representation scheme in generating ideas for conceptual design. An experiment is conducted in which participants generate ideas for an inclusive product design with and without the inclusive design representation scheme. The participants are also trained to use the representation scheme before implementing it in the experimental condition. Presently, there is no pre-defined metric to measure the inclusiveness of a conceptual design. Consequently, this paper introduces a metric to evaluate the inclusiveness of an idea; inter-rater reliability is also established for the metric. The ideas generated in the control and experimental conditions are compared based on quality and inclusivity. The results indicate that the inclusive design representation scheme helps the designer perform inclusive product design to a limited extent. This representation scheme is a promising method and needs detailed exploration of its individual elements. Moreover, the inclusivity metric serves as a foundational block for benchmarking various methods for inclusive design.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication25th International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology; ASME 2013 Power Transmission and Gearing Conference
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers
ISBN (Print)9780791855928
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013
EventASME 2013 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE 2013 - Portland, OR, United States
Duration: Aug 4 2013Aug 7 2013

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference
Volume5

Other

OtherASME 2013 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE 2013
CountryUnited States
CityPortland, OR
Period8/4/138/7/13

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Inclusive Design
Conceptual Design
Conceptual design
Metric
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Product design
Product Design
Benchmarking
Design Rules
Diagram

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

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Sangelkar, S. C., & McAdams, D. A. (2013). An exploratory study on the effectiveness of an inclusive design tool with a metric to evaluate inclusivity of conceptual designs. In 25th International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology; ASME 2013 Power Transmission and Gearing Conference [V005T06A012] (Proceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference; Vol. 5). American Society of Mechanical Engineers. https://doi.org/10.1115/DETC2013-13164
Sangelkar, Shraddha C. ; McAdams, Daniel A. / An exploratory study on the effectiveness of an inclusive design tool with a metric to evaluate inclusivity of conceptual designs. 25th International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology; ASME 2013 Power Transmission and Gearing Conference. American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2013. (Proceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference).
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Sangelkar, SC & McAdams, DA 2013, An exploratory study on the effectiveness of an inclusive design tool with a metric to evaluate inclusivity of conceptual designs. in 25th International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology; ASME 2013 Power Transmission and Gearing Conference., V005T06A012, Proceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference, vol. 5, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME 2013 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE 2013, Portland, OR, United States, 8/4/13. https://doi.org/10.1115/DETC2013-13164

An exploratory study on the effectiveness of an inclusive design tool with a metric to evaluate inclusivity of conceptual designs. / Sangelkar, Shraddha C.; McAdams, Daniel A.

25th International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology; ASME 2013 Power Transmission and Gearing Conference. American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2013. V005T06A012 (Proceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference; Vol. 5).

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Sangelkar SC, McAdams DA. An exploratory study on the effectiveness of an inclusive design tool with a metric to evaluate inclusivity of conceptual designs. In 25th International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology; ASME 2013 Power Transmission and Gearing Conference. American Society of Mechanical Engineers. 2013. V005T06A012. (Proceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference). https://doi.org/10.1115/DETC2013-13164