The Open Innovation Team at Mozilla and Stanford have partnered to explore how a decentralized design process (a design process where people are not in the same physical location) can provide a way to innovate and include more diverse perspectives in the design process.
I participated in Mozilla’s and Stanford’s open design sprint for an accessible web. Participation included working online with a multidisciplinary team over the course of a week on the Stanford design thinking process. In my team, we were 5 people from different part of the world. I got a chance to lead the team. My experience working with people was pretty amazing. Together with the team, we created concepts for a more accessible web browsing experience based on our experiences. We ideated and prototyped our designs and did lightweight testing with a real-world potential user.
I love Microsoft’s inclusive design philosophy:
We all are disabled at one point or the other.
Some of the point that we conclude after our research:
- Blind people: they are not the main audience being considered in the design of web sites.
- Humanized text-to-speech functionality
- Inability to process all the data/ search results.
- Pattern: there is high barrier of entry for old people.
- Accessibility issues: translation difficulty, touchscreen interface, inaccurate smart assistant, unclear shortcuts.
- Some patterns that are bad user experiences include ads, free reports, online malware, length privacy term
- There are opportunities to leverage AI/Machine Learning to improve disabled peoples experience.
- Kids are socially disabled in a way that they don’t understand what can be dangerous for them.
Here on the blog, I am listing all articles, videos, books and reference shared with us during the sprint.
- Persona Empathy Mapping by Nikki Knox
- Decentralized Design for Disabilities and Inclusion by Niloufar Salehi
- Designing Safer Web Animation For Motion Sensitivity by Val Head
- How to Design Websites for Blind and Partially Sighted People by Christopher Ratcliff
- How Bad UX Killed Jenny by Jonathan Shariat
- Accessibility according to actual people with disabilities by Hampus Sethfors
- A Summer Designing for Autism by David Mahmarian
- What’s Your Problem: How to Define A Problem Statement by Matt Lavoie
- Define the Problem and Interpret the Rules by Rikke Dam and Teo Siang
- Design for Real Life by Eric Meyer & Sara Wachter-Boettcher
- Design Meets Disability by Graham Pullin
- The Design of Everyday Things by Donald Norman