Universal Design: A Practical Tool for a Diverse Future
Universal design has a great potential to make our society suitable for diversity. The paper will discuss what is possible and how it can be done.
||Universal design, Industrial design
International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 5, Issue 6, pp.115-124.
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Professor Sooshin Choi has studied industrial design in Korea and worked as an automotive designer for Daewoo Motors Corp. and Kia Motors Corporation. His designs include passenger sedans, minivans, trucks and the crossover vehicles. He also studied at the Royal College of Art, London with a sponsorship from Kia Motors Corp. After working 18 years in automotive industry, he moved to Fursys, a leading system office furniture manufacturer in Korea to lead R&D group as a director of design. His designs received major design awards such as iF Hanover Product Design Award, iF Hanover Ecology Design Award, Japanese G-Mark, Grand prize of Korean Industrial Design Award, and Korean Good Design Award. Besides working as a designer and director, he has taught industrial in colleges, universities as well as graduate school for 8 years. He also contributed to Korean design periodicals and automotive periodicals for more than 12 years.
In 2000, he moved to US and studied industrial design at the Ohio State University as a Graduate Teaching Associate focusing the universal design and the product semantics. While studying at OSU, he was offered a lead industrial designer position at DEKA Research & Development, NH, where he was involved in the product development including the iBOTTM, a personal mobility system for a people with disabilities.
Professor Choi’s interests are to develop the universal product design porocess with the product semantics approach, to transfer the experience and knowledge from his 25 years of design practice to students, and pursue interdisciplinary research and development projects. He is a member in several associations including IDSA, Korean Industrial Designers Association (KIDA), Korean Design Science (KDS), and Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).
- Product Design
- Universal Product Design
- Human Factors
- Transportation Design
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