Designing with and for people living with visual impairments: Audio-tactile mock-ups, audio diaries and participatory prototyping

Oussama Metatla, Nick Bryan-Kinns, Tony Stockman, Fiore Martin

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Abstract

Methods used to engage users in the design process often rely on visual techniques, such as paper prototypes, to facilitate the expression and communication of design ideas. The visual nature of these tools makes them inaccessible to people living with visual impairments. In addition, while using visual means to express ideas for designing graphical interfaces is appropriate, it is harder to use them to articulate the design of non-visual displays. In this article, we present an approach to conducting participatory design with people living with visual impairments incorporating various techniques to help make the design process accessible. We reflect on the benefits and challenges that we encountered when employing these techniques in the context of designing cross-modal interactive tools.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-48
Number of pages14
JournalCoDesign
Volume11
Issue number1
Early online date24 Mar 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2015

Keywords

  • low-fi non-visual design
  • mock-ups
  • participatory prototyping
  • visual impairments
  • accessibility
  • assistive technology
  • auditory display
  • haptics
  • tactile feedback
  • multimodal interaction
  • crossmodal interaction

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