chapter  15
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Super normal design for extraordinary bodies

A design manifesto
WithGraham Pullin

The category of super normal was proposed in 2006 by the Japanese industrial designer Naoto Fukasawa and the British product and furniture designer Jasper Morrison. In the context of disability studies, the term super normal is a found object, picked up in one culture and brought to another. Super normal objects are accepted for all that they are and are not expected to be anything else besides. Given the inherently divisive notion of the normal, super normal could seem a reckless term to introduce into a manifesto for disability studies. The notion of super normal would play out differently in a universal object. Care and accuracy in the design process show respect towards the consumer. In disability studies, the term extraordinary of course is a reference to Rosemarie Garland-Thomson's text Extraordinary bodies: Figuring physical disability in American culture and literature.