Many people use accessibility and inclusive design as interchangeable terms. However, they are not the same thing. Accessibility is an outcome, and inclusive design is a process. As an outcome, accessibility is a thing that we measure — how well does a digital asset meet technical requirements such as the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines? How easy is it for someone with a disability to use? Can people with different disabilities complete tasks?
Category Archives: Goals of UD
What pandemics can teach us about universal design
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how humans use digital products. As usage numbers increase, we must think of everyone when designing.
Why Netflix’s Crip Camp is a landmark for disability representation on screen
The Netflix documentary, executive produced by Barack and Michelle Obama, is groundbreaking in its depiction of people with disabilities and their fight for civil rights. Here’s why.
Marginalized by design
Designs for seated bodies: rethinking design perspective
British designer Lucy Jones is challenging a basic premise of fashion, and it’s one that might surprise you: why is everything designed for standing people? Her newly-launched company, Ffora, seeks to answer an urgent question of design inclusion.
2020 Disability / Accessibility Predictions
Eight important trends that will help you get ahead and be more inclusive with respect to disabilities in 2020.
Mismatched: When our bodies don’t match our world
How inclusion shapes design: an interview with inclusive designer Kat Holmes
UB architects look to grant universal access to modern design trends
A group of University at Buffalo architects and researchers is looking to create a bridge for builders to access the latest design trends.
A Taxonomy of Inclusive Design: On Disclosure, Accessibility, and Inclusion
This series will explore concepts, practices, and organizational shifts that are central to inclusive pedagogy in higher education.
Accessibility, the future, and why Domino’s matters
Accessibility in the digital space has come a great distance in a relatively short time, in many ways opening up the entire digital economy of the 21st century to millions of users. But the fact that one company—Domino’s Pizza—could try taking a case for not making its services accessible to the highest court in 2019 makes clear how much work there is left to do to make the online world equitable, both today and in the future.