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Effects of Universal Design

Effects of Universal Design

The aim of this project is to develop a set of methods to measure the commercial effects when universal design (UD) is deployed during the development of ICT solutions. We view universal design as both a goal and a process, and the challenge here is to find out what methods can be used to conduct cost benefit analyses regarding UD, and how they should be applied. The long-term goal of our effort is to prepare a large-scale up-follower.

We'll look at previous studies and related literature, and we'll conduct a survey among relevant companies. The opinions of end users will be taken care of by close collaboration with our partner Norwegian Association of the Blind. Also, we plan to involve companies to contribute with their case to a realistic anchoring of the project in real-life scenarios.

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Picture of the price winnerThe Norwegian Computing Center's contribution made it all the way to the top in the prestigious photography competition at this year's Universal Design 2016 conference in York and received the price for the best image description.

Updated date: Torsdag, august 25, 2016 - 16:38

NR has published a report discussing cost-benefit analyses of the application of universal design in the IT sector and the ICT sector. The report reviews related research, analyzes a number of relevant case studies, and gives recommendations for how to proceed further with this important research topic.

Updated date: Fredag, januar 23, 2015 - 12:57


Fuglerud, Kristin Skeide; Halbach, Till; Tjøstheim, Ingvar. Cost-benefit analysis of universal design. pp 37. 2015.

Halbach, TillFuglerud, Kristin Skeide. Reflections on Cost-Benefit Analyses Concerning Universal Design of ICT Solutions. In: Proceedings of the International Conference on Interfaces and Human Computer Interaction 2016. (ISBN 978-989-8533-52-4). 2016.

Halbach, TillFuglerud, Kristin Skeide. On Assessing the Costs and Benefits of Universal Design of ICT. In: Universal Design 2016: Learning from the past, designing for the future. Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Universal Design (UD 2016), York, United Kingdom, August 21–24, 2016. (ISBN 978-1-61499-684-2). 2016. Full-text 

Project period

April - December 2014


Deltasenteret’s Tilskudd til arbeid med universell utforming i 2014 with support from Norges Blindeforbund and NR.


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