As designers working in an ever-changing field, it’s important that we develop an understanding of the timeless design principles that underpin everything we do. In part one of the Universal Principles of User Experience Design, I’ll explore the foundations that enable us to establish some universal principles of UX.
Universal Design (UD) is an approach to design that increases the potential for developing a better quality of life for a wide range of individuals. It is a design process that enables and empowers a diverse population by improving human performance, health and wellness, and social participation (Steinfeld and Maisel, 2012). It creates products, systems, and environments to be as usable as possible by as many people as possible regardless of age, ability or situation.