The widely recognised “blue wheelie” design, photo by John Ott
The International Symbol of Access (also known as the wheelchair symbol) was designed by Danish design student Susanne Koefoed in 1968.
Susanne Koefoed’s design (left), with head added by Karl Montan (right), via Sociological Images
“Fewer than three percent of people with disabilities use a wheelchair or, as I do, an electric scooter. [The wheelchair symbol] is neither welcoming nor inclusive. Let’s make the stick figure a real person and turn the symbol into a welcome sign.”
— DAVID ONLEY
Tough brief — redesigning an internationally recognised symbol that clearly communicates its message. I’m not surprised there wasn’t a winner.
One of two honourable mentions in the student design contest, winning $2,500 each
An OCAD student submission