Designing for Inclusion

Marvin
Marvin
Apr 23, 2015 · 6 min read

Part 3: Interviews and Over-shoulder studies

We all have limits to our abilities — physical, social, emotional and cognitive. How can we design to embrace these universal things that make us human, but also create solutions that are highly adaptive to an individual person?

We as designers can help to remove obstacles, enabling people to participate in society no matter their individual challenges. Let’s imagine a future that puts human empathy at their design core!


Talking to experts


Meet Elke

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We went to the grocery store with Elke who has less than 40% eye-sight
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Reading small type with little contrast can be very challenging to Elke.
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Elke looking for “froot loops” cereals.
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“I buy the same things all over again because I’ve learned where I can find them. Picking up something different and discovering something new can be tough and time consuming, making it a rare, challenging luxury for me.”

“I spent a lot of time hiding my impairment — which ends up being truly stressful to me and is wasting a lot of energy”



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