When using DH methods and tools, it is important to consider design practices (not just the final design). A common approach is “universal design,” which implies that the design can be understood and used by most people, regardless of abilities. However, we encourage you to consider “inclusive design,” which focuses on the ways in which designs and projects can either include or exclude people. Practicing inclusive design means being aware and understanding of user diversity and differences in values, needs, ambitions, and abilities throughout the process instead of just as a means to evaluate the final project.
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Finally, as you design projects, instead of using “do no harm” as a guiding phrase, use “do good.” Continue asking yourself: “What good is this design doing?” and “What good is this project doing?”