Seven best practices for inclusive product design

Long Cheng | Pinterest Lead Designer, Core Experience

At Pinterest, our mission is to help you discover and do what you love. We’re building a product for everyone, because the best Pinterest is inclusive and easily usable for people with all levels of abilities. That’s why today we’re sharing our learnings and best practices we developed over the last year as we redesigned Pinterest to be more accessible for people who are blind and visually impaired.

1. Increase color contrasts

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So regardless of whether your accessibility features are turned on, texts are easy to read when set against a colored background.

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2. Use strong typographic hierarchy

3. Have clear focus indicators

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4. Don’t rely on colors

5. Use SVGs

6. Consider screen reader support

7. Make accessibility a mindset for engineers and designers

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With these best practices, we’re continuing to make Pinterest more inclusive of everyone. We’ve made significant progress updating our iOS and web platforms to meet the majority of the accessibility standards, and we’re working on bringing these changes to Android gradually. When you get it, let us know what you think.

Acknowledgements: Scott Andreae, Julia Cochran, Chris Lloyd, Rahul Malik, Shira Netter, Mallika Potter, Mara Sohn, Christian Vuerings, Alice Yuan, Joey Zingarelli, Linnea Zulch and the rest of the Accessibility Working Group at Pinterest.

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