Inclusive Design is the design and composition of an environment or product so it can be accessed, understood and used to the greatest extent possible by all people regardless of their age, size, ability or disability.
LinkedIn’s Director of Training, Lisa Kelly, discovered how designing for diverse groups or ‘edge users’ created a superior end product for everyone at the Inclusive Design Research Centre’s conference in Toronto last year. The business argument translates into increased profitability for the business, as well as providing equal access to their goods and services for everyone.
This simple, but effective idea has been embraced by many companies, none more so than Apple. The tech giant has become the benchmark for accessibility in their products. People with disabilities are empowered when they can use an iPhone as easily and adeptly as someone without a disability. The Apple iPhones have features like larger displays, touchscreen and Zoom which make the device easier to use. They accommodate people with low vision or vision loss with support in Braille in 25 languages, and include apps like VoiceOver. Sarah Herrlinger, senior manager for global accessibility policy and initiatives at Apple says, “We see accessibility as a basic human right.”
Other innovative companies such as Nike and OXO have also embraced the inclusive design idea on their Flyease Shoes and Good Grips.
LinkedIn’s Kelly recommends a few websites which will enlighten you on how Inclusive Design is creating better products and services for all.
For more information about How Inclusive Design Works for Everyone, visit the LinkedIn article here.