Edge Case Design: Bathroom Discrimination

As a parent a trip to the mall was often fraught with difficulty – knowing I’d be juggling a toddler (and glad I didn’t have more than one to wrangle), a stroller (pram) and shopping cart I would often make a decision where to park based on what I knew about the facilities. While parents rooms are becoming more common in a smaller mall it was actually often easier to find a disabled restroom – which while offering space often didn’t feature a changing table.

Taking an Edge Case Design approach mall designers could combine the needs of two groups – parents and the disabled – and double the number of facilities available to both groups – placing a number of larger, accessible facilities with push-button doors would create more options and not make a frantic parent feel guilty for making use of the “wrong” facilities.

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