There is always a lot of talk about using design thinking as a launching pad for accessible design, however, I rarely hear about people talking about making the design thinking exercises accessible themselves.
When we ask a blind person to perform post-it tasks, how might we make that easy for a blind user? Inclusive considerations like this are just as important as the considerations we make during the design phase. Any suggestions or best practices for this? Would love to hear what others are doing to make parts of the process more inclusive!
In the discovery phase, we tend to do a lot of post it ideation. One idea, one post-it and we throw it up on a board. Once that is done, we generally have everyone come up and do dot voting followed by categorization and grouping based on positive/neutral/negative clusters.
I was thinking, the easiest solution I could think of to get everyone on the same page is to do the exercising using tabs in google sheets or something. We generally keep the ideation part private so that everyone has a chance to think up ideas without being influenced by others.
People can work on their own tabs, and sheets are relatively accessible for those who have mobility issues or for those who require screen readers. The process of sharing is pretty easy once the method is established.