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

Per-Olof Hedvall, Stefan Johansson, Stina Ericsson

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDAI - Il Disegno per l’Accessibilità e l’Inclusione
Place of PublicationMilano
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9788899586256
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Dec 2
EventDrawing for Accessibility and Inclusion - University of Genova, Genova, Italy
Duration: 2022 Dec 22022 Dec 3


ConferenceDrawing for Accessibility and Inclusion
Abbreviated titleDAI
Internet address

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Other Humanities not elsewhere specified
  • Interaction Technologies

Free keywords

  • Universal Design
  • Categorisation
  • Signage
  • Inclusion
  • Nonclusive design


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