Microsoft Inclusive Design
Inclusive Design is a methodology, born out of digital environments, that enables and draws on the full range of human diversity. Most importantly, this means including and learning from people with a range of perspectives.
Exclusion happens when we solve problems using our own biases. We seek out exclusions, and use them as opportunities to create new and better experiences.
Inclusive Design principles
Recognize exclusionWe acknowledge bias and recognize exclusions that happen because of mismatches between people and experience.
Learn from diversityInclusive Design puts people in the center throughout the process. Their fresh, diverse perspectives are the key to true insight.
Solve for one, extend to manyEveryone has abilities and limits. Creating products for people with permanent disabilities creates results that benefit everyone.
Practice new skills, develop new concepts, or create a prototype—the toolkit is made to be retrofitted to your team’s goals. Download everything here, and start exploring!
Inclusive Design tools and activities
Inclusive 101This manual is a comprehensive introduction to the world of inclusive design. Learn the basics and shift your design thinking toward universal solutions. Download Inclusive 101 Guidebook (PDF)
Inclusive Design for Cognition GuidebookThis guidebook is an introduction to Inclusive Design for Cognition. Learn how you can build products that account for the amazing diversity of human cognition.Download Inclusive Design for Cognition Guidebook (PDF)
Inclusive activity cardsThe activity cards and support cards are built to be integrated into your process. Jump-start creative thinking and stress-test concepts through an inclusive lens.Download inclusive activity cards (PDF)
Creating for GuidanceDive in with a product team to see how they integrated Inclusive Design into their work.Download Creating for Guidance (PDF)
Respecting FocusLearn how to adapt your experiences to be considerate of interrupting your customers.Download Respecting Focus (PDF)
Inclusive Design for Cognition WorksheetThis worksheet is a step-by-step process on integrating inclusive design for cognition methodology into your creation process.Download Inclusive Design for Cognition Worksheet (PDF)
Inclusive Design for Cognition ScreenersThese screeners are questions for recruiting co-creators that align with each cognitive area and many situational contexts.Download Inclusive Design for Cognition Screeners (PDF)
Inclusive Design in action
At Microsoft, our technology is intended to deliver increased access, reduced friction, and more emotional context to the greatest number of people. Microsoft experiences reflect the spirit of Inclusive Design as an approach to creating experiences.Go to our YouTube for more videos about inclusive design
A view into how we design for human motivations and needs.
How we create for human motivations and needs and seeking diversity as dynamic inspiration.
A call to create products that adapt to the many different ways we approach and achieve our goals.
Haben Girma, JD, Disability Rights Advocate.
Victor Pineda, Urban Planner, Filmmaker.
Antoine Hunter, Deaf Advocate, Dance Teacher, Choreographer.
Rosemarie Garland Thomson, Professor, Emory University.
In a one-week Inclusive Design sprint, team Xbox came together to reimagine social gaming
A call to create systems that empathize with users and adjust the way they communicate
See how creativity can evolve into digital experiences that are more responsive and less biased.
How emphasizing empathy develops into participatory, insightful product creation.
The built environment has a rich history that is mindful of human diversity. See how city structures can inspire more thoughtful and accessible designs.