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.

Inclusive Design is for you

Whether you're a program manager, engineer, data scientist, designer, or anyone else who helps create products and services, Inclusive Design is a practice you can follow.

Inclusive Design principles

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.
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Recognize exclusion

We acknowledge bias and recognize exclusions that happen because of mismatches between people and experience.
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Learn from diversity

Inclusive Design puts people in the center throughout the process. Their fresh, diverse perspectives are the key to true insight.
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Solve for one, extend to many

Everyone has abilities and limits. Creating products for people with permanent disabilities creates results that benefit everyone.

Inclusive Design tools and activities

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!
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Inclusive 101

This 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)
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Inclusive Design for Cognition Guidebook

This 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)
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In Pursuit of Inclusive AI

Read this primer to understand how bias affects artificial intelligence.Download In Pursuit of Inclusive AI (PDF)
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Inclusive Design for Mental Health Guidebook

This guide extends our cognitive framework into mental health and how to respect it in product experiences.Download Inclusive Design for Mental Health Guidebook (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
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An Intro to Inclusive Design

A view into how we design for human motivations and needs.
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Inclusive: The Film

How we create for human motivations and needs and seeking diversity as dynamic inspiration.
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Inclusive Design for Cognition

A call to create products that adapt to the many different ways we approach and achieve our goals.
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Haben Girma, JD, Disability Rights Advocate.
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Victor Pineda, Urban Planner, Filmmaker.
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Antoine Hunter, Deaf Advocate, Dance Teacher, Choreographer.
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Rosemarie Garland Thomson, Professor, Emory University.
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Inclusive Design Sprint: Team Xbox

In a one-week Inclusive Design sprint, team Xbox came together to reimagine social gaming
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How do you achieve focus?

A call to create systems that empathize with users and adjust the way they communicate
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Digital Systems

See how creativity can evolve into digital experiences that are more responsive and less biased.
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How emphasizing empathy develops into participatory, insightful product creation.
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Inclusive Cities

The built environment has a rich history that is mindful of human diversity. See how city structures can inspire more thoughtful and accessible designs.