Access: good & bad

some designs begin with good
intentions but end up producing
lots of disabling barriers.

Some projects prioritise artistic vision
above access, and make it very difficult
for disabled people

Good design has
a vision and accessibility



Shared surfaces may look pedestrian friendly, but they cause lots of problems for disabled people.

Imagine the scene left, after rainfall – posts, bike stands, pavements and roads all look the same dark grey, people with visual impairments cannot tell where obstacles or hazards are.

Disabled Access is about people’s attitudes
as well as barrier free buildings and spaces

Articles and Information

Explore the world of accessibility through a series or articles and examples of good and bad design

Steps gone wrong!

The steps above may look pleasing to the eye, but where are the handrails for people with mobility impairments (and children) where is a sloped alternative for wheelchair users (and people with pushchairs, trollies etc), and how can you tell where the edge is unless...

Good Signage

Signs should be easy to see, easy to read, concise, consistent across a site or organisation, and only used when necessary. Often signs are either too small and difficult to see, or there are so many, you can't find the one you want. Signs are easiest to read if they...

signage guidelines

Signs should be: Clear;   Concise;   Consistent;   Only used when necessary. Most signs can be divided into four groups: Getting Around;  Direction;  Location;  Safety. Some basic guidelines on signs: The location of the sign needs to be where it can most easily be...

Tactile Paving

Walk around any UK town or city today and you will see tactile surfaces. They are there to help visually impaired people to know about potential hazards and amenities, and when they are used correctly they can be a real help, but often the wrong tactile surface is...


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