The Growing Digital Population
Today the internet has an estimated 3.4 billion users, this is 46% of world’s population. Within America, usage of mobile technology is only growing – 68% have smartphones and 45% have tablets. People are constantly engaging with applications on these devices for entertainment, education, productivity, and much more.
As usage of mobile applications continues to rise, it will be important for designers and developers to make sure their product is usable for everyone. The cognitive science behind how mobile applications are created to attract users is absolutely remarkable. Every gesture performed is designed to be seamless, usable, accessible, and empowering. These example elements create an excellent overall user experience and lead to more interactivity by the user.
Similar to the continuous growth in mobile application use, the rates of individuals with disabilities are increasing due to population aging and an increase in chronic health conditions. For this reason, mobile applications must implement key accessibility elements. Not everyone perceives and interacts with a product in the same way due to certain limitations, whether they are hearing, visual, physical, or age related.
Here are some important principles to keep in mind when creating an accessible web or mobile application. Ensuring these features will positively impact the overall universal design of an application.
Clarity and Description are Important
Users that require screen reading technologies often encounter difficulties. While it is important to have a clear webpage, it is also important to be mindful of length. Designers and website owners should maintain a balance between simplicity of content headings and providing relevant information to users.