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#FromMarginToCenter: Inclusive Design: About

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Ricker Library of Architecture & Art
208 Architecture Building
608 East Lorado Taft Drive
Champaign, IL 61820
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Subjects: Art & Architecture

About This Guide

This guide provides information on disability studies, with an emphasized focus on design. It links to resources such as books, website, articles, images and videos. All the design examples were selected based on their significance in the history of inclusive design, as well as their current innovations and inspirations for future design. We try to create a balance between innovative conceptual design and important existing design; while embracing a broad cross-section of media and processes. The guide is mainly organized by disability category to help viewers to have a clear understanding of different disabilities and to facilitate browsing. This guide does not represent a comprehensive list of all design cases relevant to disability research. Highlighting design examples are selected from library materials, popular news articles, and the authoritative design competition web platform. If you would like to nominate a design example to be included in this list, please use our Suggestions and feedback form or simply email us.

About #FromMarginToCenter

#FromMarginToCenter is born out of the clear need to draw attention to marginalized voices, not only across our society, but specifically in our library. We need to acknowledge that nondominant experiences are not well represented in our collections and resources, and further we need to do something about it.


  • Create a growing body of resources designed to highlight contemporary artists and designers across a broad range of identities. Our selection criteria combine staff expertise and interest, current events, and providing a balanced range of resources, knowing that this is an emerging body of material that will evolve and take different shapes over time.

  • After putting in the work to create a resource guide, we amplify those voices. We highlight specific creators in our social media, look for ways to collect more material about or by the person in question, and find ways to embed references to these folks in our more general use guides, as well as our  teaching, outreach, reference, and other activities.


For more information, see the #FromMarginToCenter Initiative page on our website.

Fair Use Guidelines

Materials accessed in this guide are provided for personal and/or scholarly use.  Users are responsible for obtaining any copyright permissions that may be required for their own further uses of that material.  For more information about fair use please refer to the College Art Association Code of Best Practices in Fair Use in the Visual Arts.