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Accessibility in Design Education

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posted on 13.07.2022, 21:01 authored by Peter Cederberg

Accessibility, while largely recognized as important, is not thoroughly explained or practiced within modern design education. This has resulted in a number of issues regarding inaccessibility and a misunderstanding of disability in the professional field as well as academia. This thesis investigates through literature/artifact reviews, surveys, and interviews in order to understand the values and impressions of designers as it relates to accessibility and the careers of the designers. Through this research I was able to identify a number of issues faced by professional designers, design educators and students who aim to work in user experience/user interface (UX/UI) or a related field after graduation. Some issues arose from the mindset of participants while others were the result of gaps in knowledge and skill that were compensated for in a variety of ways. I then synthesized the information I gathered from my research and applied it in the creation of a number of concepts for shifting designers’ mindsets, as well as tools to aid in reflection/ learning. I have documented a number of ways that these concepts could be applied and expanded upon in future research to further shift the design community towards considering digital accessibility.




Degree Type

Master's Thesis



Degree Name

  • Master of Design (MDes)


Stacie Rohrbach Andrew Twigg