Prioritise identity

Exclusive Design Principle №3

We have been designing things for the web with an ability bias for ages now. Which means that the identity of digital designers is very well represented— or even over-represented. The identity of people who have been excluded has of course been ignored. Inluding excluded people into our design process, by seeing them as co-designers rather than study objects, can help in coming up with new, and relevant, conventions.

Flipping things

I flipped a set of inclusive design principles en turned them into exclusive design principles. These are the principles we, as web designers, have been using for ourselves for ages. I decided to use these exclusive principles to design tailor made websites for individual people with disabilities.

Design like it’s 1999

Working closely with Simon Dogger made it clear that the current web design conventions are not optimised for people who use a screen reader. Together we designed a very minimalist website with some radically different patterns.

Invisible animations

Together with Hannes Wallrafen, a blind artist, I designed a website where we used his personality as a starting point. His friendly personality, his decades ling experience as a visual artists, his life as a blind artis, and his incredible creativity formed the basis of this design.

Stress cases

Instead of treating excluded people as edge cases, as statistically irrelevant numbers, we should consider them our top priority and work with them.