Carla Jaspers

carmjaspers [at] yahoo.com

All People Considered

Recognizing what connects us as consumers and human beings involves an understanding of the various contexts in which people exist, as well as how people interact with products and why. Deeper consideration of product adaptability in response to diverse user demands could lead to more inclusive product offerings which are relevant within multiple contexts. Through a new interpretation of universal design, and an exploration of creative and innovative product applications, the proposed design framework seeks to reform attitudes towards disability and aging, yielding work that resonates with within Industry and the marketplace.

This thesis presents an opportunity to contribute design concepts which generate enthusiasm across a broad spectrum of user groups, to improve the consumer experience for all, and to challenge perceptions of what products can be.

Carla Jaspers holds a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Ithaca College. With ten years of experience as an Occupational Therapist and Ergonomic Consultant, Carla's work is strongly influenced by the insight gained from her patients, through whom she witnessed the profound affects of both good & bad design; observing that Design has the ability to empower or injure; to delight or to alienate; to validate or invalidate. Having worked closely with those outside the mainstream consumer demographic to facilitate independence and functionality, her work focuses on design that engages a broader range of people, and considers dynamic user demands and abilities throughout the lifespan. Carla is currently a freelance designer for Omhu Inc. in New York City.

Advisor: Andrew Schloss