Designing for Situational Visual Impairments: Supporting Early-Career Designers of Mobile Content

Garreth Tigwell, Rachel Menzies, David Flatla

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Mobile devices are a substantial part of our lives, supporting communication, work, and play. However, situational visual impairments (SVIs) can make completing tasks a challenge (e.g., browsing online in bright sunlight) and poorly designed content can cause or exacerbate SVIs. We surveyed 43 mobile content designers and ran four follow-on interviews to understand what designers currently do regarding SVIs, what resources they know of, and what is required to best support them in designing to reduce SVIs. Our findings highlight key similarities and differences between accessibility and designing to reduce SVIs. Our participants requested improved guidelines, education, and digital design tools for SVIs. To accommodate the growing number of people affected by SVIs and improve the inclusion of accessibility in design, we introduce recommendations that leverage the overlap between accessibility and SVIs to minimise the effort required in extending current design processes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDIS 2018 - Proceedings of the 2018 Designing Interactive Systems Conference
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781450351980
ISBN (Print)9781450351980
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jun 2018
EventDesign interactive Systems 2018 - The School of Design of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China
Duration: 9 Jun 201813 Jun 2018


ConferenceDesign interactive Systems 2018
Abbreviated titleDIS 2018
CityHong Kong
Internet address


  • Accessibility
  • Mobile content design
  • Situational impairments

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Human-Computer Interaction


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