Inclusive Design

Inclusive Design is a methodology, born out of digital environments, that enables and draws on the full range of human diversity. Most importantly, this means including and learning from people with a range of perspectives.

Our inclusive design principles

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.

Recognize exclusion

Designing for inclusivity not only opens up our products and services to more people, but it also reflects how people really are. All humans grow and adapt to the world around them and we want our designs to reflect that.

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.

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.


Practice new skills, develop new concepts, or create a prototype—the toolkit is made to be retrofitted to your design team’s goals. Download everything here, and start exploring!

Inclusive 101

This manual is a comprehensive introduction to the world of inclusive design. Learn the basics and shift your design thinking toward universal solutions.



Inclusive Activities

The activity cards and support cards are designed to be integrated into your design process. Jump-start creative thinking and stress-test concepts through an inclusive lens.

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