You’re starting to understand the importance of accessibility, or designing products, devices, services or environments for people with disabilities. To deepen your knowledge, you have the option to check out this three-part series from Google UX researchers about building globally accessible products. Whether or not you read these optional articles is up to you, but they provide useful information about how to design for accessibility.
- Part 1 (Awareness is everything) outlines how you can increase your awareness of accessibility issues and check your assumptions about users.
- Part 2 (Context matters) explores why it’s critical to consider logistics during the design process, in order to expand your app’s usability and usefulness.
- Part 3 (Be inclusive by default) discusses how UX designers can make tactical decisions to create inclusive apps.
Accessibility in design allows users of diverse abilities to navigate, understand, and use your product. Start to familiarize yourself with design principles that keep accessibility front-and-center by reviewing the Accessibility Guide for Google Material. Don’t worry if the topics outlined in this guide are advanced or unfamiliar. We’ll cover each of them in more detail as you progress through this certificate program! For now, simply focus on laying a foundation for designing with accessibility in mind.