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Accessible Icon, 2009–11

This is a Accessible icon. It was designed by Brian Glenney, Sara Hendren and Tim Ferguson-Sauder and made for (as the client) Accessible Icon Project. It is dated 2009–11. Its medium is digital.

The International Symbol of Access logo, first designed in 1969 by Susanne Koefoed, featured a person sitting upright in a wheelchair. This recent iteration that depicts a person in forward motion, propelling through space, offers a more accurate representation of people in wheelchairs as dynamic rather than static bodies. The new logo is open source and available in a multitude of sizes and formats.

It is credited Public domain.

  • Plate
  • plastic.
  • Gift of Henry Dreyfuss.
  • 1972-88-129-1

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This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Access+Ability.

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