Exploring new possibilities for inclusive retail design
Do you think retail is inclusive? Do you believe the spaces we design cater to people’s lived experience? At YS we strive to be pioneers, challenging preconceived thinking and pushing innovation to have a positive impact. We asked ourselves the above questions and knew we could do better. We need to challenge the word inclusivity and how we apply it to what we do; this is how inclusivespaces.io was born. Our open-source research platform offers pioneering thinking from some of the world's brightest minds in inclusivity. We want to make the future better by design, starting with our homeland ‘Retail Design’.
Inclusivity in retail design is more than just a trend. Today’s consumers are increasingly aware of social issues and expect the brands they support to follow suit. In response to this shifting customer landscape, YourStudio is proud to introduce Inclusive Spaces, a research program challenging existing biases and barriers in design. With Inclusive Spaces, we aim to envision the next generation of inclusive retail brands from screen to store.
By embracing inclusivity and accessibility, retailers can create positive and memorable experiences for all individuals, regardless of disability, neurodiversity or gender. We aim to ensure that no one feels excluded or marginalised by retail brands.
The initiative aims to foster a collaborative environment where designers, brands and consumers can work together to help shape the future of retail. The platform offers open-sourced tools and research, empowering brands to adopt a more thoughtful approach to inclusive retail.
Inclusive Spaces is a dynamic and ever-evolving resource providing insights and perspectives from those with diverse lived experiences and expertise. We wish for Inclusive Spaces to be at the forefront of a new era of retail design where everyone’s voice is heard, and needs are considered.
For more information on Inclusive Spaces and to access our open-sourced Inclusive Spaces toolkit, visit inclusivespaces.io