Design for the Real World

Women? No such thing.

17 November 2020

Why do women die more frequently from heart attacks? Why are women seriously injured more frequently in a road accident? Why are women more frequently hospitalized after falling when there’s snow on the ground? Spoiler alert: it’s not down to the women.

The book Design for the Real World opens with the statement that few professions are more harmful than that of industrial designer. This podcast from the 99% Invisible team makes the point painfully clear. Medical protocols for dealing with cardiac arrest, the crash-test dummies used to measure vehicle safety and even the way roads are cleared of snow have all been developed with men in mind. With fatal consequences for women.