Inclusive Design Principles

Inclusive design has an objective to create a product that meets the needs of users. The key principles of inclusive design should be intentionally utilized through the development of a project. According to The Paciello Group, there are seven principles to inclusive design:

  1. Provide comparable experience - users should be able to interact with product in a manner that allows a task to be completed without diminishing the quality of the content.
  2. Consider situation - the interface should provide a rich experience regardless of the user's circumstance.
  3. Be consistent - usability flow should be intuitive behaviorally throughout the platform.
  4. Give control - the design should allow users to interact with the product as they wish without changing the content.
  5. Offer choice - providing alternative routes to complete a task as articulated by the needs of your users.
  6. Prioritize content - the content and layout should be organized in a way that keeps the user on task.
  7. Add value - the user experience should be efficient and provide diverse interaction with content features.

These principles are best when aligned with understanding of standard usability principles and project focused perspectives used with personas. Those involved in the design process will create a more robust product for all users when keeping these principles in mind.


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