Defined by Design: The Surprising Power of Hidden Gender, Age, and Body Bias in Everyday Products and Places

This wide-ranging overview of design in everyday life demonstrates how design shapes our lives in ways most would never imagine. The author, a leading expert in social and psychological issues in design, uncovers the gender, age, and body biases inherent in the designs of everyday products and living spaces that we all routinely use. Anthony points out the flaws and disadvantages of specific fashions, children’s toys, high-tech gadgets, packaging, public transportation, public restrooms, neighbourhood layouts, classrooms, workplaces, hospitals, and more. In an increasingly diverse populace where many body types, age groups, and cultures interact, she argues that it’s time our environments caught up. From the schools our children attend and the buildings we work in to ill-fitting clothes and one-size-fits-all seating in public transportation, restaurants, and movie theatres, we are surrounded by an artificial environment that can affect our comfort, self-image, and even our health.

This fascinating book full of aha moments will teach readers to recognize the hidden biases in certain products and places and work for more intelligent and healthy design in all areas of life.

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