The Essential Importance of Tactile Experience in Universal Design

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By

    Ms. Arushi Saxena

  1. Dr. Deepti Pande Rana

  1. Student, Amity School of Architecture and Planning Amity University, Uttar Pradesh, India
  2. Associate Professor, Amity School of Architecture and Planning Amity University, Uttar Pradesh, India

Abstract

This research paper explores the synergy between tactile experience and Universal Design, investigating how integrating tactile elements enriches inclusivity, accessibility, and usability. Through a comprehensive literature review, it examines existing studies on Universal Design, tactile perception, and touch’s role in design. The paper introduces theoretical frameworks to support the crucial link between tactile experience and inclusivity. It delves into the physiological and psychological aspects of tactile perception, highlighting how tactile cues shape spatial understanding and interactions. Real-world cases underscore successful tactile integration in Universal Design, showcasing benefits and challenges. Advantages of tactile experiences, from improved communication to enhanced engagement, are explored, along with potential obstacles and practical considerations. The paper offers design guidelines and recommendations, underscoring the significance of tactile elements in achieving Universal Design objectives. It concludes by discussing future research potential and the impact of advancing tactile design for more universally accessible and engaging spaces. In essence, this paper underscores the profound influence of tactile experience on fostering inclusivity and accessibility.

Keywords: Tactile, Inclusivity, Guidelines, Accessibility, Universal design,

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Received September 18, 2023
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