A few weeks ago, Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy wrote a post about Arthritis Friendly Packaging. In this post, I described my personal experiences with Universal Design – which is the idea that all types of design should incorporate the needs of a wide range of users. I also went on to describe many of the difficulties that I now encounter when opening different types of packaging, due to the rheumatoid arthritis in my hands.
I asked my readers to share their own personal experiences with different types of packaging, and many of them did.
Just last night, a blog post which references what I wrote was published on PackagingDigest.com. This post describes how discussion (i.e. complaints) of clamshell packaging increases during the holiday season, and goes on to talk about how this type of packaging, which is difficult if not impossible for most people to open, is even more so in the hands of a person living with rheumatoid arthritis.
Please, let’s keep speaking out in this issue. It is nice to know that people are listening.
Clamshell rage…with a twist
But, as challenging as all this can be for simpletons like me, most of us have it relatively easy. Or at least not as difficult as it could be with clamshells. While starting to write this post, I came across a post from Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy’s blog.
The site has a very interesting post on arthritis-friendly packaging, which offers a unique perspective on the gamut of consumer-products packaging. Imagine some of the marginally openable packaging out there … in the hands of someone with severe joint inflammation, reduced strength, and limited range of motion.