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Agency by Design

When it comes to designing for disabilities, one-size-fits-all doesn't apply to prosthetic limbs, artificial eyes and more.
By Sarah Ward
May 14, 2019
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Agency by Design

When it comes to designing for disabilities, one-size-fits-all doesn't apply to prosthetic limbs, artificial eyes and more.
By Sarah Ward
May 14, 2019
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Stare at Artisan's latest exhibition, and it'll stare back — and serve up plenty of eyes looking your way. They're artificial, they're made for people who need them, and they come in all kinds of colours and variations, because replacing someone's peepers isn't a one-size-fits-all activity.

Demonstrating how expressive design is essential for people living with disability is Agency by Design's aim, exploring a range of items including jewellery and prosthetics, apparel and furniture, and helpful technology. These objects aren't just functional. More than that, they allow users to control their identity, display their personality and show the world how they want to be seen, which is something we all strive for every day.

Free to attend, with work on display by designers such as Leah Heiss and Carol Taylor, and companies including Bravery Co and Artificial Eyes Australia, Agency by Design runs until Sunday, July 14. And if you're keen to keep exploring the world from a diverse, differently abled perspective, the exhibition pairs well with QUT Art Museum's Vis-ability, which runs until August.

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