The DBA Inclusive Design Challenge - innovation through inclusive design - is an annual design competition with a difference.
A collaboration between the Design Business Association (DBA) and the Helen Hamlyn Centre (HHC), it was conceived in 2000 as a creative response to the poor levels of design endemic to the disability aids and equipment sector outlined in the Audit Commission and DTI reports of that year and in subsequent ones from SCOPE and the Cabinet Office.
DBA member consultancies are invited to respond to a design challenge: to create a product, service or environment which can be enjoyed equally by consumers of all abilities. The shortlisted applicants are teamed with young disabled users and other experts at the HHC who ensure that all aspects of inclusivity are considered in the design process.
The HHC works with the design teams to develop innovative scenarios for a new generation of inclusive products and services. The aim is to design products or services that meet the needs of the widest range of consumers, where function and form are indivisible and which appeal to niche and mainstream markets simultaneously. In short, inclusive design at the cutting edge of innovation.
Past years' of DBA Inclusive Design Challenge