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ULOU: Universal Language of Understanding Designing a set of universal health care icons

Woodrow, Jeffery (2016) ULOU: Universal Language of Understanding Designing a set of universal health care icons. [MRP]

Item Type: MRP
Creators: Woodrow, Jeffery
Abstract:

The purpose of this research is to understand what properties make an icon universal in its understanding. Health care facilities in Ontario, Canada use written signage to help visitors navigate around their facilities. Substituting written signage with universal icons can help to create a more inclusive environment as icons have the unique ability to transcend language. By helping visitors navigate around health care facilities independently, it is possible to help lighten the burden on health care staff and reduce patient anxiety for first time visitors.

One of the key insights that came from the research is a model of understanding that provides designers with a framework for designing icons where the aim is to achieve universal comprehension. This project also explores how a participatory action approach involving users can help to inform the design process.

Date: 21 April 2016
Uncontrolled Keywords: Icon, health care, signage, wayfinding, participatory action research, universal understanding, inclusive design,semiotics
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Date Deposited: 24 May 2016 12:37
Last Modified: 24 May 2016 12:37
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/555

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