Design elements are a crucial factor in the design process of mobility aids. They not only bring mental pleasure and practical convenience to users, but also complement other design factors. The product's form is a means for designers to express their design concept, and promote their understanding and interpretation of the product. However, the practicality of mobility aids should be the ultimate consideration.
As society advances, various design concepts are rapidly evolving, leading to corresponding changes and developments in product appearance. The overall design of mobility aids should first consider the user's state of use, since individuals with physical disabilities may need to support their entire walking process with their hands. When walking normally for a period, people will already feel discomfort due to decreased physical strength, let alone individuals with physical disabilities who are more likely to experience fatigue. For mobility aids, reducing physical toll in the shape design becomes an important topic. This innovative design reflects designers' attention to their special service targets. It has the characteristics of novelty, flexibility, and user-friendliness, expanding the range of activities for individuals with disabilities and making the design of mobility aids more humane.
Scientific research shows that people's psychological activity is usually closely related to the colors they face. Individuals will show various emotional characteristics in different colors.
Color is an effective element that attracts consumers. Proper color matching can make consumers love a product from the heart, express emotional experience, interact with the product, and resonate with designers spiritually. The function of color refers to the sensation that color can bring to people in terms of visual, psychological, and physiological functions, as well as the ability of color itself to make objects capable of communicating and dialoguing with humans. Reasonable product color design plays an important role in creating a comfortable work and living environment. Color usually reflects human's spiritual world. Different individuals have different preferences and psychological withstand capacity for different colors due to differences in growth environment and life experiences.
Color psychology not only involves judgment of visual physiological information, but also involves the comprehensive interaction of various senses such as hearing, smell, taste, and touch, which affects people's color judgment and emotional thinking activities. Therefore, paying attention to the color matching of mobility aids also has an important impact on building emotional world for individuals with disabilities.
The functional nature of a product generally refers to the expected utility of the product, the design purpose, etc. We should not only consider economic benefits, but also focus on social benefits and fulfill social responsibilities. Reflected in the design of mobility aids for individuals with disabilities, the functional design of mobility aids should not only make up for their physical defects, but also give them spiritual comfort. First and foremost, the practicality of mobility aids should be most important. The users can choose different products according to their different degrees of disability, such as the audience of walking sticks generally for individuals with upper limb grip function or mild lower limb dysfunction, while individuals with severe muscle injuries can choose functional electrotherapy devices. Secondly, the design of mobility aids for individuals with disabilities nowadays needs to pay more attention to the spiritual level, responding to the call of the era of increasing happiness for the masses.
Many designs for mobility aids for individuals with disabilities ingeniously combine design elements, functional elements, color elements, and material elements, which not only meet the physiological needs of users, but also take care of their emotional world.
The greatest use of mobility aids for individuals with disabilities is to enable them to enjoy products, turning ordinary use into enjoyment of life, and allowing them to gain physical compensation and psychological comfort.