gates in a churchyard opening to a courtyard

Access

Accessibility has achieved buzzword status. In interaction design, accessibility is evaluated in terms of contrast, type size, or alt tags. When it comes to industrial design, concepts in ergonomics rule the accessibility discussion.

But when it comes to experience design, “access” sparks a different level of examination altogether.

  • (Access) to¬†family histories for those who do cannot read.
  • (Access) to feeling young and vibrant for aging adults.
  • (Access) to community belonging for people who have been displaced from their homeland.

Accessibility can become so functional that we forget why access is empowering. In xdMFA this semester, we’re examining access holistically. Imagine if co-creators started creating with access as the main goal. What a wonderful place it would be when those who could not join before would be part of the experience.