Design for the Real World

The Great Restroom Panic

17 November 2020

A key idea in Victor Papanek’s design philosophy is that the people you’re designing for must be involved in the design process. He also argued that design can play a key part in excluding – or, conversely, in including – groups who are generally overlooked. This podcast from the 99% Invisible team offers a perfect illustration.

Most people don’t have to think twice about using a public toilet. But for transgender people or those with a disability it’s a very different story. Discover the history behind the design of today’s public restrooms and hear how the future of the inclusive toilet might look.