Ordering coffee, locking a bathroom stall, and washing our hands are things most of us do every day without even thinking about it. But what if you were three and a half feet tall? In her TED Talk “Why design should include everyone,” Sinead Burke explains how as a little person, design often inhibits her autonomy.
Because everything from counters and chairs to shoes and clothing are typically designed for people of average height, Burke finds herself relying on the kindness of strangers or her own creativity to make things work for her.
In her talk, she explains why design can be a matter of dignity and even of human rights. According to Burke, design is a responsibility – we should question who things are and aren’t designed for, and whose needs are or aren’t being accommodated.