Moving Beyond Human Bodies on Display – Signs of a Shift in Categorisation

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


In this paper, we explore signs on toilet doors. Our aim is to contribute to an enhanced understanding of how goals and ambitions regarding inclusion are realised in design processes. We identify and outline three patterns for inclusive signage: 1) Addition, where inclusive signage is accomplished by adding more pictograms of different persons, 2) Combination, where inclusive signage is accomplished by composite pictograms, 3) what we choose to call Nonclusion, where nonclusive signage is accomplished by not depicting persons, bodies, or roles at all. We end by discussing the three patterns in terms of a growing unease towards inclusion as such and with the prevailing patterns of categorisation of people, bodies, and roles.
Period2022 Dec 2
Event titleDrawing for Accessibility and Inclusion
Event typeConference
LocationGenova, ItalyShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational

Free keywords

  • universal design
  • categorisation
  • signage
  • inclusion
  • nonclusive design