Paul Luna becomes first BdB Adopter

Professor Paul Luna has become the first academic at Reading to embed the principles of BdB into a module which he convenes. Typography students recently benefited from team teaching in workshops within Paul’s Design Theory module. T&L materials from the ‘Can of beans,’ ‘Out and about’ and other exercises are now on Blackboard, where we are building resources to use across the University.

Exploring visual inclusion for typographic design






This term Christina Duckett, Geoff Cook and Paul Luna are leading our embedding visual inclusion into the Design Thinking module for part 2 BA Graphic Communication students through a series of experiential learning workshops.

The first workshop focused on increasing student awareness of visual acuity. Christina and Paul encouraged our typography students to define the meaning of inclusive design, to consider who benefits from an inclusive approach to design, to reflect on the importance of such an approach, and to begin to consider what represents good practice. Using the SEE-iT mobile phone prototype, the students evaluated their own visual acuity and the visual inclusivity of typography in a range of documents.

In the second workshop, students wore glasses which simulate various visual impairments and explored the ease of wayfinding around the University campus. They also assessed the legibility of packaging of grocery items, with some interesting results!

We have built into the module reflection exercises for students to engage with how Breaking down Barriers workshops are changing their understanding of inclusivity and enabling them to apply inclusivity to their design practice.

Future sessions will complement simulation exercises and will involve real users.

BdB showcased at Built Environment Professional Education reception



BdB team members Christina Duckett and Joe Doak with Professor Gavin Brooks

Christina Duckett (School of the Built Environment) and Joe Doak (School of Real Estate & Planning) joined Professor Gavin Brookes (Pro Vice Chancellor) at a special reception for the Built Environment Professional Education (BEPE) project at London City Hall on 2nd December 2015. Our Reading team were there to showcase the Breaking down Barriers initiative which is seeking to integrate inclusive design into built environment programmes across the University.

The BEPE project is about embedding inclusive design into the initial and continuing education of built environment professionals to help make inclusive design the norm, business as usual, in all development projects. The work of the BdB project was highlighted by Professor Brooks who overviewed the range of activities being undertaken to introduce UoR students to the importance of designing, building and managing an inclusive environment for all users.


Munira Mirza, Deputy Mayor for Education and Culture of London, introduces Professor Brooks


Professor Gavin Brooks presenting our BdB project