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Universal design is a useful idea to help guide the design of web content to fit the needs of your audience. This post outlines what universal design is and how you can use this idea to help create a website that is well considered and useful to your audience.
Universal design is the design of products and environments to make them accessible to all people regardless of age, ability or other factors.
It includes ideas of how aesthetic design choices can be paired with adaptability and accessibility to make something usable by everyone to the greatest extent possible.
The term “universal design” was coined by architect Ronald Mace to describe this idea that all products and environments should be designed to be appropriately usable by all. Mace with a team of researchers at North Carolina State University came up with 7 Principles of Universal Design as follows:
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