Links for March 7, 2017

Inclusive - Microsoft Design

Our inclusive design principles

Recognize exclusion: Exclusion happens when we solve problems using our own biases. As Microsoft designers, we seek out those exclusions, and use them as opportunities to create new ideas and inclusive designs.

Learn from diversity: Human beings are the real experts in adapting to diversity. Inclusive design puts people in the center from the very start of the process, and those fresh, diverse perspectives are the key to true insight.

Solve for one, extend to many: Everyone has abilities, and limits to those abilities. Designing for people with permanent disabilities actually results in designs that benefit people universally. Constraints are a beautiful thing.

Alexa Skills Kit Voice Design Best Practices

The sections below provide a list of common best practices used when designing a voice experience for a custom skill. While you should plan to monitor and tune your voice interactions based on the ways that users interact with your skill, the tips in this document will improve the usability of your design out of the gate, before you have the benefit of user data.

Calm Technology

When we design products, we aim to choose the best position for user interface components, placing the most important ones in the most accessible places on the screen. Equally important is the design of communication. How many are notifications are necessary? How and when should they be displayed? To answer this, we can be inspired by the principles of calm technology.