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Design for everyone

Posted in Accessibility and Design

The closing comments of a recent CSS-Tricks article are great:

Just remember: apply carefully, and always be mindful of accessibility/UX. Magically evolving designs are great, but only if they are great for everyone.

Design is a hugely responsible role, and one of those responsibilities is ensuring everyone can use our websites, products, services, and applications.

We have to think about the content; for example, should we:

  • Use video if we can’t afford the time to add subtitles or a transcription?
  • Use abbreviations and symbols without explaining them first?
  • Link to other places when it isn’t clear where the user will land?

Then there’s how users interact with our site:

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg…

I’m reminded of a line from, of all places, Jurassic Park:

Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.

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