Universal Design

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Universal design principles prioritize accessibility for people regardless of age and ability in product and environment creation. The origin of these concepts can be traced to the rehabilitation engineering and assistive technologies that were developed during and after World War II to meet the needs of veterans with disabilities. This online collection explores the industrial design careers of two pioneers of universal design, Thomas Lamb (1896-1988) and Marc Harrison (1936-1998), and features approximately 500 documents and images digitized in conjunction with a web exhibit on the subject.

    To learn more about Hagley Library collections associated with universal design, view the following finding aids and collection descriptions: Thomas Lamb papers, Marc Harrison papers, Marc Harrison photograph collection.
    Image: Coffee pot with Wedge-Lock handle designed by Thomas Lamb. Click to view.

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Photograph Exhibition Announcement featuring an image of a man playing multiple harmonicas
On cover: 'Ordinary Moments: Expressions of the Disabled Experience; An Exhibition of Photographs by Alan J. Brightman; The John F. Kennedy Library, September 28 to October 25'
Early Model Cuisinart Food Processor
On cover: 'An engineering masterpiece'
Cuisinarts Food Processor CFP-9A
Cuisinart advertisement
Cover and index of Industrial Design Magazine
Industrial Design Magazine (March/April 1979), vol. 26, no. 2
Wear-Ever Publication
Wear-Ever News (Oct. 1, 1954), vol. 53, no. 40
Panorama Magazine Cover
Panorama (July 31, 1956), vol. 55, no. 2-M
The Blade [November 4, 1959] excerpt
Cover of Vol. 11, No. 18
The Blade [July 27, 1959] excerpt
Cover of Vol. 11, No. 30
The Blade [October 31, 1955] excerpt
Cover of Vol. 7, No. 44