Universal Design Initiatives
Universal design takes into account the environments in which all kinds of people live. It is an important approach for Shiseido given our commitment to create products that all customers can enjoy with confidence and peace of mind.
Shiseido adopted the Shiseido Universal Design Guidelines in 2005 based on expert theory and legislation, and crafted to reflect the characteristics of our products. The guidelines span 6 principles and 14 provisions and describe a product development process in which all product planning and design departments share information. A key point during the formulation of the guidelines was to precisely identify what kind of customers used actual products, as well as how they used them and in what circumstances. It was also important to imagine as many such situations as possible.
For example, the principle requiring that it be obvious how to use the product includes an “intuitive design” checkbox indicating that users should intuitively understand where to hold the container and twist in order to open it. Designs that take such considerations into account are defined as easy-to-use designs. Conversely, a design that contravenes the user's intuition by having a non-functional design element that looks like a button that should be pressed to open the container would be a difficult-to-use design.
PRIOR (Japanese Only)”, which was released in 2015, was developed for women in their 50s and over.
To develop the containers and packages, we directly interviewed a number of customers in the target age group in order to repeatedly conduct the study, such as hearing about what they find inconvenient in their daily makeup routine and asking them to actually use the prototype.
We have reflected the requests, which we heard in the course of this process, on the containers and package designs shown in the above photos.
We will continue developing products while focusing on customers’ viewpoints.