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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Building for Boomers Book signing

This event is being held in conjunction with the Design North Studio Tour.
Authors Mike Kephart and Judy Schriener will both be present to chat about their book,
Building for Boomers (newly published by McGraw-Hill) and today’s Baby Boomers, the change-makers of American Culture for the last 60 years.
Building for Boomers is a guide to designing homes and communities for today’s Boomers. This book contains a wealth of practical, down-to-earth ideas and insights for anyone looking for the home and community that suits them best.
Copies of Building for Boomers will be available at the signing for the discounted price of $40.00, more than 30% off of the $59.95 price. Copies are limited. You are welcome whether
you purchase a book or not. Come meet the authors, enjoy hors d’oeuvres and beverages and
join the conversation.

October 6, 2010
A book signing and celebration from
4 PM to 8 PM
at the office of: KEPHART

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Universally Speaking

The buzz is getting louder and louder, folks…universal design is a hot new trend. But, what exactly does it mean and how can I incorporate this new philosophy of design in my home and lifestyle?

Here is the skinny:
Universal Design is a broad-based belief and practice that encourages producing environments (including structures, buildings, and products) that are user-friendly, safe and effective for everyone. Contrary to popular thought, universal design is not only exorcised for people with disabilities, it is supported and can be used by everyone. Everything from eating utensils to sidewalks incorporates universal design.

The principles:
A group of colleagues at North Carolina State University developed the key principles of Universal Design to direct the application of fundamentals in the areas of environments, products and communications.
1. Equitable use
2. Flexibility in use
3. Simple and intuitive
4. Perceptible information
5. Tolerance for error
6. Low physical effort
7. Size and space for approach and use

(from the Center for Universal Design at North Carolina State University)

Understanding the key principles of universal design makes the application a whole lot easier. I think some of the magic ingredients are consideration, thoughtfulness, and courtesy. Next time you consider buying new home products or renovating your home, keep in mind the highest and best use for your spending and how most individuals will be able to use and enjoy them.

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