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Inclusive Design Workshop

taught by: Mary Jo Mueller , Phil Jenkins , Charu Pandhi & Susann Keohane


Our Inclusive Design workshop will give attendees an overview of key accessibility and aging user needs to address during product design. We will touch on designing for various users who are blind, have low-vision, have cognitive disabilities or physical disabilities that keep them from using a mouse. Interactive exercises are mixed with brief lectures, to get you started in inclusive design.

Practical Skills:

  • Part 1:
    • Intro to inclusive design
    • Intro to IBM Design Thinking with warm up exercise
    • User research with PwD and aging personas
    • Hands on empathy exercise & empathy mapping
  • Part 2:
    • Interaction design
    • Design UI for a “real life” mobile app
  • Part 3:
    • Analyze the app from Part 2
    • Visual design, and an accompanying exercise using color contrast tools
  • Part 4:
    • Summary and take-aways


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