All posts by Elvira Muñoz

Ben-Acornley

Last interview – 27th June / Ben Acornley, Creative Director of Applied Wayfinding (London)

“Inclusive design and accessibility are at the heart of everything we do… It needs to be as accessible as possible to as many people as possible: that’s our starting point.” With a background in editorial design, Ben Acornley is Partner and Creative Director at Applied, one of the world’s largest information design firms whose specialities include … Continue reading Last interview – 27th June / Ben Acornley, Creative Director of Applied Wayfinding (London)

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Next interview – 13 June 2016 / Laura Castro and Miquel Madrigal, Dincat (Catalunya Intellectual Disability Federation))

“Work needs to be done so that children experience diversity in their own lives and accept differences naturally” The management team of Catalonia’s leading federation for intellectual disability – with over 300 non-profit organisations defending the rights of and providing services for the collective – places the focus on knowledge and training in order to … Continue reading Next interview – 13 June 2016 / Laura Castro and Miquel Madrigal, Dincat (Catalunya Intellectual Disability Federation))

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Next interview – 30th May 2016 / Manel Martí, director of the Association Discapacitat Visual Catalunya B1+B2+B3

Education in respect for and knowledge of disabilities is necessary for everyone, starting with children After close to two decades fighting to improve the quality of life of people with disability, Manel Martí recognises the major advances of recent years but is reluctant to let down his guard. “If every child knew what disability means … Continue reading Next interview – 30th May 2016 / Manel Martí, director of the Association Discapacitat Visual Catalunya B1+B2+B3

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Next interview – 2nd May 2016 / Fernando Alonso, Director of Acceplan

“Studies on accessibility have concentrated on the costs of improvements but have forgotten their benefits, which are reaped by everyone” An economist by training, the main author of documents such as the Spanish “National Accessibility Plan 2004-2012’ and accessibility studies with close to twenty years of experience, Fernando Alonso is promoting the new diversity model … Continue reading Next interview – 2nd May 2016 / Fernando Alonso, Director of Acceplan

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Tony Heaton, Sculptor and General Director of Shape Arts (London)

“There is an economic imperative to think about inclusive design; it is not merely a question of ethics” Promoting inclusive design and accessibility is the “second skin” of the gallery he directs, created specifically to give support to and develop the work of artists with disability. Collaboration with other organisations is natural in some cases … Continue reading Tony Heaton, Sculptor and General Director of Shape Arts (London)

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Next interview – 21st March 2016 / Gemma Pifarré, Head of the Catalan Government’s Department for the Promotion of Accessibility and Removal of Barriers

“The Accessibility Act is the legal framework based on which we must be able to cater for the inclusion of all people” The head of accessibility policies in Catalonia is currently working on the implementation of a law that establishes minimum conditions so that public spaces, services, transport and communications are adapted for people with … Continue reading Next interview – 21st March 2016 / Gemma Pifarré, Head of the Catalan Government’s Department for the Promotion of Accessibility and Removal of Barriers

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Next interview – March 7th 2016 / Francesc Aragall, president of the Design for All Foundation

“Diversity is always a source of creativity, growth and community relations” After directing the public consortium that developed the “Design for All” concept in Barcelona, Francesc Aragall currently splits his work in the private sphere between the company ProSolutions and the Design for All Foundation. Recognising the learning curve represented by having someone with a … Continue reading Next interview – March 7th 2016 / Francesc Aragall, president of the Design for All Foundation

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Next interview – February 22nd 2016 / Rama Gheerawo, director of the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design – Royal College of Art

“Designing inclusively, far from clipping people’s wings, makes them grow. It provides inspiration and creative imagination” A member of the team that manages the research centre specialising in inclusive design par excellence and a reader in the subject at the Royal College of Art, Rama Gheerawo’s work revolves around the transfer of knowledge to the … Continue reading Next interview – February 22nd 2016 / Rama Gheerawo, director of the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design – Royal College of Art

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Next interview – February 8th 2016 / Javier Torrescasana, co-founder of Barcelona Special Traveler

“Companies need to see the business potential in inclusion, which is beneficial for everyone” The ideologist of the “first incoming tour operator in Barcelona to specialise in accessible tourism” asserts that having a child with a disability himself has forced him to “be creative, keep an open mind, convert barriers into satisfactions and seek alternatives”. … Continue reading Next interview – February 8th 2016 / Javier Torrescasana, co-founder of Barcelona Special Traveler

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Next interview — January 25th 2016 / Paulina Ballbè. Director of the Postgraduate Programme in Active Ageing at the UPF

“It would be intelligent to consider how we would like to live when we get older, and to work to design an inclusive and accessible society” A lawyer specialising in community law, through her experience in the international sphere and in the academic world Paulina Ballbè has acquired a broad view of the demographic changes … Continue reading Next interview — January 25th 2016 / Paulina Ballbè. Director of the Postgraduate Programme in Active Ageing at the UPF