What is Inclusive Design?

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Article by Quinn Frankel

A great designer is one who wants to create designs that are inclusive for all people. Inclusive design allows for every user to be able to use a product. 

What is Inclusive Design?

Inclusive design is a design philosophy that allows products to be accessible to anyone. It’s a way of creating products that enable a wide range of diverse people to access those products across multiple markets. This includes designing for people with and without different handicaps. 

Unfortunately, there are a lot of digital products that are inaccessible for a vast number of people. Being able to cater to everyone increases your market potential.

Why is Inclusive Design Important?

All companies will reap the rewards of adopting a more inclusive mindset with their product creation. Inclusive Design is great for business. By increasing your market share, it will increase revenues. 

Designing inclusive products can be challenging for designers and developers due to different constraints. Inclusive design looks at different individuals and tries to cater to their needs, desires, and abilities. For example, everyone benefits from readable text. Text with concise sentences and widely understandable words will help anyone with cognitive impairment, but it also doesn’t hinder users who have less trouble with comprehension. In fact, they’ll probably be thankful for saving them time and clarity. This forces designers to be more creative and being a creative designer means you are creating better products.

Inclusive Design also protects your company from facing legal action. If someone is unable to access your product, then you are discriminating against them by not catering to their needs. Many countries have laws penalizing discrimination against people with disabilities to ensure that they have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else.


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