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Embassy of Inclusive Society

Lorem Ipsum

How do we hold space for the different needs of different bodies?

Overview Lorem Ipsum, Van Abbemuseum. — © Photo: Almicheal Fraay

This installation visualises guidelines and advice for inclusive presentations. ‘Lorem Ipsum’ is an invitation to visitors, designers and cultural institutions. To think about how to include diverse bodily experiences by way of design.

About Lorem Ipsum

Lorem ipsum is a placeholder. It comes from Latin and designers use it as a temporary text in the design process.

This installation visualises guidelines and advice for inclusive presentations. ‘Lorem Ipsum’ is an invitation to visitors, designers and cultural institutions. To think about how to include diverse bodily experiences by way of design.

Accessibility is about learning to design for everybody. This is a process: it means making choices while knowing there is always room for improvement.

About the makers

'Lorem Ipsum' is initiated by Shay Raviv and results from the Embassy team's research into accessibility and inclusivity. The concept and content were created in collaboration with Marleen Hartjes. The installation was designed by The Anderen (Karin Fischnaller) and realised by Bruns. 'Lorem Ipsum' builds on previous research into inclusivity conducted at Van Abbemuseum from 2015 to 2022. In ‘The Multi-Sensory Museum’, a broad team worked towards a more accessible museum.

Overview guidelines

The installation uses spatial and graphical guidelines from the toolkit ‘Museum Open U’, among other sources. These include:

— Space around and access to objects
— Placement of information
A text: introduction text
B text: quotes or extra information (optional)
C text: title cards
— Signage
— Typography
— Language
— Colour contrasts
— Light planning
— Tactile experience (touch)
— Auditory information (hearing)
— Sitting and resting
— Acoustics (sound)

About Embassy of Inclusive Society World Design Embassies

The society we live in seems to embrace diversity, but is the work being done to actually become more just?