universal design principles

universal design principles
Samarthyam is involved in developing universal design principles for India with eight other experts from the field of design and accessibility.

These principles have a vast scope of application ranging from product/industrial/communication design to built environments and human interfaces, from design education to policy making, from social to national integration. These principles will help us relook the Indian consumer (the common man) and determine through a series of investigations the choices one has to the choices one makes in one’s life in the given Indian context. These principles would help strategize design activity for the present and future populations of India as a step towards inclusion.

Universal Design is “Design for All”. However, it is also design for human diversity, equality and social inclusion. It applies to buildings, products, technology and transportation. Let’s make India Universally Accessible…adopt, promote and implement Universal Design India (UDI) Principles:

  • Equitable
  • Usable
  • Cultural
  • Economy
  • Aesthetics

Download : Universal Design India Principles © (pdf,128KB)


  • The UDI principles are stand alone universal design ideologies that focus in Indianness and inclusivity as they relate to age, gender, disability, caste, class, religion, poverty and urban/rural background.
  • UDI principles neither make any connection nor build on the 7 Universal Design Principles. They recognize the overarching importance of 7 Principles in the field of universal design.