Accessible Design Tools

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Accessible design tools can be grouped into two different categories:

The first category includes design tools used most commonly during the early ideation and iteration phases of the design process. These tools enable team members to participate in the process of brainstorming, sketching, and ideation. There are a limited number of tools available that are open source and/or relatively easy to learn and use, such as:

  • Google Draw (open source, can activate Accessibility options and use with a screenreader, more info:
  • Omnigraffle - not open source or particularly accessible, but easier to learn and use than Adobe Creative Suite or other sketching tools
  • Google Sketchup - Free but not very accessible

The second category of design tools are used to execute a design idea. Almost none of the design tools most commonly in use (Adobe Creative Suite, etc.) have accessibility features (for example, the ability to attach descriptive text narratives to images). However, there are several tools that enable designers to check the accessibility of their final design, such as:

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