Designer Requirements for Visual Capability Loss Simulator Tools: Differences between Design Disciplines
Lecture Notes in Computer Science
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Cornish, K., Deane, J., & Clarkson, J. (2014). Designer Requirements for Visual Capability Loss Simulator Tools: Differences between Design Disciplines. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 8513 19-30. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-07437-5_3
There is a low uptake of inclusive design tools in industry, partly due to a poor fit between design tools and the thought and work processes of designers. Simulating visual capability losses is a technique with great potential in helping designers improve inclusivity and accessibility. However, we need to understand the needs of designers from different disciplines to improve the fit of these tools and their uptake in industry. This study aims to determine designers’ needs for vision loss simulators, and how this varies between disciplines. Interviews were carried out with 15 designers from five disciplines. The results suggest that one tool is not suitable for all. The graphic and web designers interviewed required a tool to aid communication with clients, hoever, the industrial and engineering designers required two tools, depending on the stage of the design process. To increase their uptake, simulator tools should be used in education.
Design Tools, Inclusive Design, Simulation, Vision Impairment, Design Discipline
We would like to thank the EPSRC for funding this work, and Wolfson College Cambridge for their support.
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-07437-5_3
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/249055