Designing for Persons with Down Syndrome
I began pursuing design education to answer the question “why put that element there”? Why is the search box at the top right, and the menu button at the top left? Why are most navigation menus on the left? I was of the impression that design gurus placed elements on talent, whim and vibe; that the horizontal rule is there because it felt right. While there is a place for intuition in the design process, what I learned was that design decisions should also be based on research. Research may be user and task analysis that you performed, or it may be existing research related to the goals of your audience. Design research in addition to best practices provides a box for me to design in.
Good design is not about thinking outside the box, It’s about finding the right box to think inside. - Aza Raskin
The Designing for Down Syndrome project was the last piece of course work for my...
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