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Puro Diseño inauguro su 16º edicion el pasado 24 de Mayo, hay tiempo de recorrerla hasta el 29 en el pabellón Amarillo de La Rural Año tras año la Feria ha acompañado y elegido crecer junto al diseño argentino, al de cada provincia y al de la región. “PuroDiseño se ha convertido en un sello […]

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Fantasyland with a Twist: The World of Sarah Goodreau

Artículos, arte, diseño

Enter one of the dreamy landscapes in Sarah Goodreau’s illustrations and you might find yourself face to face with a lion that breathes fire, a frog that speaks in clouds, or drunk giants having a party at night. Sarah — an artist based in London, England — tells us about her art, inspiration, and consistent blogging habit.


Where does your inspiration come from? How do you strike a balance between playful yet mysterious?

If you love discovering artists like Sarah, browse our recommended sites in the Art and Illustrationarchives.

Sarah Goodreau.
Sarah Goodreau.

I love storytelling and that is where most of my inspiration comes from. I like to sit and think about things, so most of what I draw comes from my mind. I also like to keep a good bit of humor involved, which adds most of the playfulness in my illustrations.

I’ve been illustrating for such a long time that everything has evolved naturally to where it is now. I have always loved drawing people and animals the most, and getting a little weird with it has been my favorite thing to do. I really enjoy strangeness.

"Stare Down"
Stare down.”

What’s your process from idea to finished illustration?

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I spend the mornings sketching out a few ideas and when one speaks to me, I’ll bring it into the computer. I use Photoshop to finish the illustration. I’ve been doing it this way for such a long time that it’s become a very streamlined process. Usually, I can go from a sketch to a posted image on my blog in a day.

HHe spotted the spotted unicorn."
He spotted the spotted unicorn.”

What do you do when you’re not blogging?

When I’m not blogging, I write and work on little pet projects. My goal is to write and illustrate my own books. I also work with my partner on little animations, which is mostly for fun. You can see them at wizardfingers.com.

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You have more than 23,000 followers (and growing) on your blog. How have you approached building your online presence, on WordPress.com and elsewhere on the web?

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I really think the biggest thing for me as far as building up a good online presence has been consistency. I try to post an illustration as often as I can. I try to get two to three illustrations on my blog a week. Of course sometimes life gets in the way, but I make a serious effort to get something new up every week.

"Still a long way to go."
Still a long way to go.”

What’s one tip you can give to an illustrator who has just signed up for a blog?

Our one-word prompts can help spark post ideas each day, no matter your genre.

Want to build a blogging habit like Sarah’s? Read about posting regularly.

Like I said, be consistent. A great way for illustrators starting out is to make a schedule and stick to it. That way your followers can count on you and know that you will have something new for them to see.

"What kind of dream jungle do you live in?"
What kind of dream jungle do you live in?”

Inspired by Sarah’s illustrations? Ready to take her advice?

Create a new post inspired by today’s one-word prompt, Dream.


Enjoy more illustrations on Sarah’s blog, and follow her on Instagram, Tumblr,Twitter, and Society6.

Fuente: https://discover.wordpress.com/

34 free font resources

Artículos, diseño

There are plenty of places to download typeface on the web. But which of them contain the best free fonts? There’s a lot of noise and clutter online, and it’s easy to end up falling down the rabbit hole of poorly structured sites and low quality fonts. So we’ve taken on ourselves to find you the gems in the rough.

Besides the obvious places to download free fonts, we’ve also unearthed some less known sources – including personal design portfolios, agency sites and type projects. So next time you want to download fonts, start discovering a world of typographical inspiration!

01. Behance

Free font resources: Behance
You’ll find all manner of free font designs on Behance

The go-to place for designers to show off their work, online portfolio platform Behance is a brilliant place to find free fonts. Whether you want a slab serif, script, tattoo or handwriting font, you’re sure to find something that suits here.

02. HypeForType

Free font resources: HypeForType
HypeForType features over 25000 designs from top designers – and some are free!

Online font foundry HypeForType features over 25000 designs from top designers, and a whole chunk of those are available for you to download for free. Definitely one to bookmark.

03. Artimasa

Free font resources: Artimasa
Download some beautiful fonts for free over on Artimasa

Artimasa a ‘small lettering and type design studio with big dream’. These guys feature all manner of different type designs, with a few popular designs available for you to download and enjoy for free.

04. The Northern Block

Free font resources: The Northern Block
The Northern Block offers a number of free font designs

Created by creative director Jonathan Hill back in 2006, type foundry The Northern Block offers a number of free fonts. From stencil and bold to modern and geometric designs, you’re sure to find something suitable for your project here.

05. Fontcab

Download fonts: Fontcab
Find that perfect font without wasting valuable time

It can be difficult to find that perfect font. Font Cab aims to make it easier for you to find great fonts without wasting time. The simple layout of the website makes it easy to navigate through the fonts without much effort.

06. The Open Font Library

Download fonts: The Open Font Library
There’s plenty to choose from with this extensive font catalogue

The Open Font Library showcases fonts that are free to use, study, share and rework for personal creative work. There’s plenty to choose from with their extensive catalogue that also includes a wide range of web fonts.

07. Free Font Manifesto

Download fonts: Free Font Manifesto
What is a free font exactly? Find out here…

A small but growing number of designers and institutions are creating typefaces for the public domain. Free Font Manifesto provides information and airs ideas about the concept of free fonts.

08. Fontellium

Download fonts: Fontellium
Fontellium is a valuable resource for history-tinged free fonts

Fontellium is rather unique – a font site that brings together a collection of historical style fonts. With categories including everything from Egypta to Art Nouveau, this is the perfect place to find free fonts for your historical projects.

09. Vitaly Friedman’s Font List

Download fonts: Font List
Get serious with this list of handy business fonts

This list of the 20 best free quality fonts from Vitaly Friedman are more likely to be used for official, serious presentations (such as business sites) than a colourful teenager’s homepage.

10. Fonstruct

Download fonts: Fonstruct
Find user-generated fonts at Fontstruct

Fonstruct is a place where the community can design fonts and share them with others for free. Obviously that means there are a lot of fonts to search through, and more are added every day. The site’s easy to navigate and the best fonts are picked for the Fonstruct gallery.

11. Adobe Edge Web Fonts

Download fonts: Adobe Edge
A fantastic font resource from the team at Adobe

Edge Web Fonts gives you access to a vast web font library made possible by contributions from Adobe, Google, and designers around the world. The fonts are served by Typekit, so you can be sure of high performance and stability. Plus, it’s free!

12. The Fell Types

Download fonts: Fell Types
You’ll find modern digitalisations of these unique printing fonts

Igino Marini runs iKern: a service for autospacing and autokerning digital typefaces based on a mathematical model and programmes he developed since 2002. When he’s not doing that, he set up a site devoted to the Fell Types with some modern revival fonts.

The Fell Types take their name from John Fell, a Bishop of Oxford in the seventeenth century, who created a unique collection of printing types. Here, you’ll find digitalised versions of them for use in your design projects.

13. 1001 Free Fonts

Misnomer alert! We’re certain that 1001 Free Fonts doesn’t feature exactly 1001 free fonts; we reckon that it’s actually a lot more than that – probably something more in the region of 10,001 – and all of them handily organised across 64 categories, along with the option to browse by designer.

14. Abstract fonts

Download fonts: Abstract fonts
This place to download fonts has a clean interface

Abstract Fonts has one of the cleaner interfaces in this arena, and it’s very easy to navigate. There’s a custom font preview option and it’s updated regularly, with about 14,000 fonts for you to choose from.

15. Jeff Schreiber

Download fonts: Schreiber
It’s quality, not quantity with Jeff’s font creations

Jeff Schreiber is a designer, illustrator and typographer from Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Although he doesn’t have too many fonts available on his site, it’s all about quality and not quantity here. His ‘Razor’ creation is brilliant for print and poster work, with his ‘Fat Frank’ font offers a more playful approach.

16. Neogrey

Download fonts: Neogrey
Be sure to check out Ivan’s Multicoloure Vector font

Neogrey is the portfolio of Ivan Filipov. Working as a graphic and web designer, he’s created some stunning fonts that he’s very generously made available for free download. We particularly love his latest font, a multicolore vector font that was released just over two weeks ago.

17. Smashing Magazine

Download fonts: Smashing
There’s some great fonts to choose from on this round-up from Smashing Mag

Smashing Magazine provide a wide range of tutorials, inspiration and helpful advise for creatives on a daily basis. The site also has a great series of articles collating quality free fonts for you to choose from. These guys know what they’re talking about, so it’s a reliable place to download free fonts from.

18. The Oatmeal

Download fonts: Oatmeal
Check out the free font you like, then download it from the list

If you’re looking for free comic fonts, The Oatmeal has provided this handly list of the free fonts used on its site.

19. Artill

Artill is minimalism at its best

Created by Lukas Bischoff, a designer based in Germany, Artill is a  nice little website that’s aimed purely at people wishing to download free fonts. Minimalism at its best, and some great typography to be sampled.

20. TypeDepot

Download fonts: Typedepot
Type design studio TypeDepot offers both free and paid-for fonts

TypeDepot is a nifty little type-design studio website that offers a number of free fonts for visitors to download. There are also great commercial fonts to buy.

21. Wete

Download fonts: Wete
Spanish designer Wete’s site features some great free fonts to download

There are many ongoing typography projects to be found on Wetecacahuete.com. Wete is a Spanish graphic designer who loves typography and editorial design. Head here to download free fonts such as Favela.

22. Josip Kelava

Download fonts: Kelava
Get some typographic inspiration from the work of Josip Kelava

Check out this gallery of design works created by Josip Kelava, a Melbourne-based designer. You’ll find elements of typographical inspiration in each of his projects, and you can download free fonts such as Metropolis into the bargain.

23. Freeware Fonts Project

Download fonts: Freeware
Many great type designers have contributed to the Freeware Fonts Project

A massive collection of free fonts is being shared by type designers as part of this project curated by Jovanny Lemonad. They’re totally free and everyone can take part in the project. If you like what you download, you may consider making a donation.

24. Glukfonts

Download fonts: Glukfonts
Polish designer Gluksza offers some great free design resources

Glukfonts is the site of Polish designer Gluksza, which offers some nicely designed typography. You can download free fonts and other design resources too, including PHP scripts.

25. FontFabric

Download fonts: FontFabric
Check out the freebie section of independent type foundry FontFabric

An independent type foundry launched by Bulgarian designer Svetoslav Simov, FontFabric includes a lot of paid fonts but its freebie section is also a great place to download free fonts.

26. LostType

Download fonts: LostType
LostType offers you the chance to pay whatever you like

Founded by Riley Cran and Tyler Galpin, LostType is a type foundry that offers you the chance to pay whatever you like for a font (and yes, it’s possible to type in ‘$0’ for a free download).

27. Dafont.com

Download fonts: DaFont
Dafont.com has a massive archive of free fonts to search – including novelty fonts like this

Dafont.com is a massive archive of freely downloadable fonts. Browse by alphabetical listing, by style, by author or by popularity. A lot of it is on the unprofessional side but you can find some choice stuff here. It’s also a good place if you’re looking to download free fonts with a novelty theme, like the Pacman font featured above.

28. Font Squirrel

Download fonts: Font Squirrel
Font Squirrel’s free fonts are mostly @font-face compatible

Want to download free fonts for commercial use? Then Font Squirrel is the place to head. The quality of the fonts is high, they’re mostly @font-face compatible, plus it’s got a very nicely designed website into the bargain.

29. Ten by Twenty

Download fonts: Ten by Twenty
Ed Merritt’s site Ten by Twenty offers some excellent free fonts

Ten by Twenty is the impressive creation of Ed Merritt, a designer at UK web design agency Headscape. You can download free fonts from his site, as well as templates, themes and icons, for your web design projects – all of high quality.

30. Kevin and Amanda

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Kevin and Amanda offer some amazingly cute and colourful fonts

If you want to download free fonts for a craft or scrapbook-themed project, then head to Kevin and Amanda. It offers over 500 handwriting and scrapbooking fonts to download for free and they’re adored by fans of cute across the world.

31. Google Web Fonts

Download fonts: Google
Google Web Fonts makes it easy to use web fonts on your site

Google Web Fonts makes it quick and easy for everyone to use web fonts on their site. All of the fonts are open source, so you’re free to share and customise them for your own use, or collaborate with the original designer to improve them. And you can use them in every way you want, privately or commercially: in print, on your computer, or in your websites.

32. The League of Movable Type

Download fonts: LoMT
The League of Movable Type is the first free and open-source type foundry

Github project The League of Movable Type is a typographical revolution in the making and anyone looking to download free fonts should make a beeline for it. The very first free and open-source type foundry, it’s a hand-selected group of typographers who’ve created an amazing set of high-quality free fonts for all to download, such as the popular League Gothic.

33. Impallari

Download fonts: Impallari
There’s a lot of detail of how the free fonts at Impallari were made

“I think that typefaces are living beings,” says Pablo Impallari, “they  continue to evolve over time. Even if the original designer died over 500 years ago, contemporary designers push their ideas forward, keeping up keeping up with the always-shifting way we perceive the alphabet.” You can find some incredible fonts at his site, Impallari. There’s a lot of detail in updates too, which gives a helpful insight in how they’re put together.

34. Iconian

Commercial transaction attorney by day, by night Dan Zadorozny creates fonts that are free for non-commercial use (if you want to use them commercially, that’ll cost you pretty reasonable $20 donation). There are hundreds to choose from; they’re ordered alphabetically, so your best bet’s just to sift through them until you find something you like the look of.

Art Museum University of Toronto Identity

Artículos, diseño, tipografía
Art Museum

University of Toronto
Identity
Art Museum at the University of Toronto is a new institution that brings the existing Justina M. Barnicke Gallery and the University of Toronto Art Centre together as one entity. The museum sought a new brand identity that would emphasize its placement within the city and its engagement with both the university community and greater Toronto public. Underline created a brand identity program that is built upon an angled logo and functions across a range of promotional collateral including brochures, programs, posters, banners and a website. The logo is set at the same 16.7 degree as the street grid of Toronto, firmly situating the museum in its Toronto location.

Client: Art Museum University of Toronto

ARGENTINA COMIC CON 2016: PRIMER DÍA Y CONFERENCIA DE BILLY BOYD — VELOURIA

Artículos, arte, diseño, Moda

El primer día de la Comic Con arrancó con sus habituales stands de anime, comics, juegos de cartas, accesorios de icónicos personajes y novedades de todo este mundo. Los cosplayers también dijeron presente, y las fotos los invadieron, con la presencia del doble de “Bruce Willis” que se paseaba por ahí con heridas y un […]

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Yoshinori Mizutani captures rainy Tokyo in bold, graphic photographs

Artículos, arte, diseño, Enlaces

“One rainy day, I looked down on an intersection from a vantage point in a high rise – umbrelllas looked like flowers that had bloomed in a city,” says the Japanese photographer.

This striking series of images was photographed by Yoshinori Mizutani on pedestrian crossings in Shibuya and Asakusa in Tokyo. Photographing from above, the gloom and greyness we normally associate with rainy days is removed and instead the brightly coloured scenes are positively cheerful.

“Zebra crossings, umbrellas and vehicles were so beautiful and strange at the same time and looked as if they had been placed there as part of a grand visual design within the city,” says Mizutani. “The photographs were taken from a high rise with the help of ultra-telephoto zoom lenses. It was difficult to find a perfect location to shoot from. I used Google Maps – finding a right location took as long as the shooting itself.”

Mizutani has previously gained attention for another brightly coloured series of work, which features green parrots in Tokyo. His work is photographed on the street, but he uses Photoshop and artificial lighting techniques to give the images their graphic look.

“I use Photoshop in the postproduction, which is a key part of my work,” he says, “but I’ll never merge one photo to the other. I’d only adjust brightness, contrast and saturation to get the kind of an image I’m after. For instance, I photographed with a strobe light when working on Tokyo Parrots. I first didn’t use a strobe, but couldn’t capture parakeets clearly in this manner and eventually came to use a strobe light as a solution… This is the beauty of photography. You take photos every day and learn or get inspired from the photos you have taken.”

Alongside these personal series, Mizutani has also shot for brands including Panasonic and Issey Miyake. He will be showing his work in his first UK exhibition at the Webber Gallery Space in London from May 20-June 21, during Photo London.

“I came across Mizutani’s printed works at last year’s edition of Photo London and became fascinated by his refreshing and unfamiliar observations of Tokyo,” says Chantal Webber, founder and director of Webber Represents. “I am intrigued by his search for nature within an urban environment and depiction of beauty, geometry, pattern and luminosity in the everyday.

“For me, Mizutani is part of an exciting new wave of young Japanese photographers who have gained notoriety via book publishing and the internet. Social media is also playing a big part in discovering new talent and as Yoshinori’s work is so fresh and visually striking, it stands out from the crowd.”

webberrepresents.com; yoshinori-mizutani.com

Fuente: http://www.creativereview.co.uk/

Diseño editorial de los mejores estudios del mundo. I Like Birds in Trittau; Mucho’s Tenderloin; Cercle on Costumes and P98a Paper’s Zombies of Berlin

Artículos, arte, diseño, Enlaces, tipografía

Here is a small selection of graphic design for galleries and museums and magazines that caught our attention in recent weeks.

Hamburg-based design studio I Like Birds, founded by André Gröger and Susanne Kehrer, have recently completed a commission for Galerie in der Wassermühle Trittau in Trittau, Germany. The studio developed a visual system for the gallery’s printed matter – catalogues, invitations, posters and flyers – and also redesigned their website. All outputs take inspiration from fachwerk or timber framing and make good use of bold typography set vertically, horizontally and at sharp 45 degree angles.

Catalogues for Galerie in der Wassermühle Trittau. Design: I Like Birds.
Top: spread from
P98a Paper, RalphMartin’s ‘Zombies of Berlin’ with map illustration by Susanna Dulkinys.

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Poster for ‘Maxim Brandt: Fantastic Imperfections’.

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A rare copy of P98a Paper (Galerie p98a, £9.80) themed ‘Zombies of Berlin’ was handed to us by Erik Spiekermann in Eye’s De Beauvoir Town studio. The journal was made by Spiekermann, Susanna Dulkinys, R. Jay Magill Jr. and Ferdinand Ulrich. More issues, themed ‘The Fashion Issue’, ‘The Nepotism Issue’ and ‘European Travel Journal’ will follow. The small format publication is risograph printed with a letterpress cover (printed on a Korrex Proofing Press) that features an illustration by Christoph Neimann and responds to the team’s ‘itch to put out a modern magazine that would take an ancient form – actual paper, printed in-house, for a select audience of people who like such things’.

Each issue will feature a long form piece of fiction or non-fiction; P98a Paper no. 01, sadly now sold out, features Ralph Martin’s ‘Zombies of Berlin’, dotted with two-colour illustrations in black and luminous orange.

 

Spread from P98a Paper no. 01, designed bySusanna Dulkinys.

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P98a Paper, Galerie p98a, £9.80.

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International design studio Mucho has recently launched the identity, printed matter, merchandise and sign system for the Tenderloin Museumin San Francisco. The museum celebrates the Tenderloin District’s history and the people who frequented it – figures such as author Dashiell Hammett, jazz musician Miles Davis and rock band the Grateful Dead. The identity uses an eclectic custom typeface inspired by letterforms found on local signage for porn establishments, drug rehabilitation centres, coffee shops and hotels that are paired with a woodblock font ‘to help suggest the gritty nature of the area’. Read more about Mucho in the ‘Reputations’ article in Eye 89.

Identity for the Tenderloin Museum, which borrows letterforms from local signage. Design: Mucho.

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One in a series of posters designed by Mucho for the Tenderloin Museum, San Francisco.

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Merchandise that references the Tenderloin District’s history of ‘girls, gambling and graft’.

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Cercle Magazine no. 4 is the product of Strasbourg-based graphic design studio Cercle Studio and is published in two editions – a French edition with English translations of interviews and an English edition co-published with IdN Hong Kong. This issue looks at ‘Costumes’ (previous issues have focussed on ‘The forest’, ‘Science fiction’ and ‘Insects’) and is rich with costume drawings, illustrations and photographs from international artists and designers such as costume designer Camille Assaf, photographer Charles Fréger and designer Studio Bertjan Pot who explore ideas of costuming and dressing the body.

Spread showing work by Swiss photographer and designer Marie Rime.

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Cercle no. 4 2016 themed ‘Costumes’. Editorial direction: Marie Secher. Art direction: Cercle Studio.

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Eye is the world’s most beautiful and collectable graphic design journal, published quarterly for professional designers, students and anyone interested in critical, informed writing about graphic design and visual culture. It is available from all good design bookshops and online at theEye shop, where you can buy subscriptions and single issues.

NY tiene el primer hotel totalmente digital

Artículos, arte, diseño, Enlaces, Moda, Proyecto

La ciudad de Nueva York tiene el primer diseño de hotel totalmente digital y es de la marca Renaissance New Work Midtown, el cual interectuará con los huéspedes a través de enormes pantallas digitales que cubren los pasillos.

 También contará con un conserje virtual y un gran reloj led exterior que proyectará a una imagen diferente de la ciudad cada segundo.

La tecnología en la que se basa tiene la posibilidad de responder al movimiento humano, es por eso que se conseguirá una experiencia multisensorial e interactiva.

En el hotel hay obras de arte cambiantes, y la tecnología que ha sido implantada la realizó la firma de diseño digital Réalisations, que ha usado fondos de pantallas reflectantes, detectores de movimiento, proyectores y cámaras 3D.

Fotos: newyorkrenaissance.com

Con la cámaras 3D se consiguieron auténticas paredes vivas en el lobby, los pasillos e incluso en el elevador, donde se podrán admirar obras de arte digitales de artistas locales, y cambiarán al gusto del huésped.

Roger Parent, presidente de Réalisations, destacó que la tecnología en tiempo real es el futuro. La firma ha trabajado para el Metropolitan Opera, el Cirque du Soleil y el One World Trade Center, entre otros.

Fuente: http://www.paredro.com/

 

Accesibilidad y diseño para todos en la ciudad

Artículos, derechos, diseño, igualdad

La discapacidad no depende necesariamente de las posibles limitaciones físicas o biológicas de los individuos. De hecho, puede darse incluso sin que ellas existan. Se define la discapacidad como «término genérico que incluye déficits, limitaciones en la actividad y restricciones en la participación». Esta definición se refiere a los aspectos negativos de la relación existente entre el individuo, con sus características particulares, y los factores ambientales del contexto en el que vive.1

Se debe entender a la discapacidad también como la consecuencia de situaciones externas, ya que, muchas veces, es la falta de accesibilidad la que da lugar a la discapacidad de las personas. El concepto de discapacidad (OMS, 2002) se sustenta en las capacidades de cada persona para realizar y desempeñar tareas en diferentes entornos, sustentándose en los efectos facilitadores o limitadores que las características del entorno físico y social producen sobre lo demás. Al momento de realizar tareas o participar de la vida social, cualquier situación desfavorable que produzca dificultades para desarrollar un actividad, convierte a un individuo en discapacitado. Puede tratarse de una limitación muy leve o hasta la total imposibilidad de realizar una actividad determinada. En cualquier caso, la persona afectada podrá vivenciar esa situación en forma temporal o permanente, estática, regresiva o progresiva, pero sin lugar a dudas experimentará una discapacidad.


Las rampas mal direccionadas dirigen a los usuarios invidentes directamente al centro de la calle.

Las rampas que son inaccesibles para todos, usuarios en sillas de ruedas, carritos de bebés o adultos mayores, están lejos de facilitar la accesibilidad.

Al eliminar la referencia del cordón, sin la identificación correspondiente en el piso con las baldosas de cambio de textura, se aumenta el riesgo de cruce al peatón no-vidente, que no puede identificar por dónde debe cruzar.

La circulación de todos los peatones se encuentra interrumpida en la vía pública.

«Así como un mal picaporte transforma en inválida a una persona cargada con bolsas del supermercado, o la tapa a prueba de niños de un fármaco para ancianos imposibilita la apertura a sus usuarios, la tipografía pequeña, el mal diseño y la complicada presentación de los textos convierten a las personas normales en analfabetas».

Jorge Frascara2

La gente no sólo quiere, sino que necesita vivir mejor. La eliminación de barreras para lograr mayor accesibilidad para todos hoy en día es una prioridad que lleva a replantear y pensar seriamente en el nuevo desarrollo, planificación y diseño de la ciudad. La inclusión se ha vuelto imprescindible. Al gestar la organización de la ciudad, se debe diseñar con un propósito. Necesitamos ciudades menos hostiles y más accesibles en todos sus aspectos, en las que el propósito sea mirar al futuro, anticiparse, abrir pasos y facilitar caminos.

El propósito de las ciudades debe ser pensar en el vecino, verlo como usuario. Así, el replanteo de la accesibilidad en el desarrollo de la ciudad debe contemplar al usuario, integrarlo como parte del equipo interdisciplinario que trabaja en el plan de accesibilidad. Diseñar una ciudad con los usuarios en mente permite proyectar soluciones inmediatas, atendiendo a necesidades específicas: veredas más amplias, predecibles, generosas y transitables libres de obstáculos, con opciones y alternativas a nivel de la calle, espacios equilibrados y mayor amplitud entre personas y vehículos; una realidad más inclusiva, justa y equitativa.

Accesibilidad universal y diseño para todos

Aplicar los conceptos de accesibilidad y «diseño para todos» al urbanismo, significa lograr que cualquier persona, con independencia de sus capacidades, pueda acceder a una vía o un espacio público urbano, integrarse en él, comunicarse e interrelacionarse con sus contenidos.3 La accesibilidad universal es calidad de vida para todos. Enumeremos algunos ejemplos de accesibilidad conocidos por todos:

  • Las escaleras mecánicas reducen el esfuerzo para subir.
  • Las cintas transportadoras facilitan el desplazamiento.
  • En las rampas amplias se transita más cómodamente, no solamente los peatones sino también quienes llevan carritos de bebé, maletas, etc.
  • Los pisos antideslizantes ofrecen seguridad.
  • Las sendas peatonales bien demarcadas ayudan a cruzar minimizando los riesgos.
  • Los pasamanos ubicados en los lugares correctos facilitan el siguiente paso.
  • Las puertas de vidrio con faja de seguridad evitan que la gente se las lleve por delante.
  • Una señalización clara y comprensible guía al destino buscado sin pérdida de tiempo.

Aunque nos consideremos que tengamos discapacidades físicas o mentales, sin duda agradecemos todas estas comodidades mencionadas que, técnicamente, son recursos de accesibilidad. Evidentemente, estas comodidades no son indispensables para nuestra circulación y desplazamiento; sin embargo, no dudamos en utilizarlas.

La accesibilidad es una cualidad del medio que tiene el fin de satisfacer las necesidades y expectativas de todos los usuarios, y no solamente de la mayoría. La accesibilidad universal facilita el acceso y el uso de sistemas, objetos, bienes, productos o servicios sin que estos necesiten ser modificados o adaptados, permitiendo al usuario una interrelación autónoma con el entorno, totalmente funcional.

  1. Fundación Once, Cap. 1 «Capacidad, Funcionamiento y uso del Entorno Construido», Accesibilidad Universal y Diseño para todos Arquitectura y Urbanismo, Madrid: EA Ediciones, 2011, Pág.29.
  2. Jorge Frascara, Cap.1 «Explorar el Terreno, Responsabilidad Social», Diseño Gráfico para la Gente, Bs As: Ediciones Infinito, 2004, Pág. 53.
  3. Arq. María Medina Higueras, «Elaboración de Planes de Accesibilidad, Contenido y Aplicación», Jornadas de Accesibilidad Universal y Diseño para Todos, Edit, Ilunión 2014, Pág.3.

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