Dear People Who Make the Magic Happen,
It happened again — an app I use every day became useless to me after “improvements” to the UI. These always come with much fanfare about making the look more modern, up-to-date. But almost always it means that the type gets smaller and grayer amidst a vast sea of unused white space, so that someone like me with a vision impairment can no longer use it. I know that aesthetics matters, and I genuinely appreciate clean beautiful design. But how hard is it to build in the ability to change font sizes and contrast levels so that those of us who do need these things (including our parents, our grand-parents, and you after 40!) can continue to benefit?
Here’s my plea: build accessibility into your thinking and process at every stage of app development and design. Think of it as adding value, a chance for creativity, and making a bigger tent for more people. It doesn’t have to be ugly or rule-bound! Accessibility is what brought us Siri, captions, text-to-speech and speech to text, not to mention the telephone itself. Inspired by access, who knows what you’ll unleash. But start with basics: more contrast, variable fonts, and a better balance between empty space and readable letters.