Let me add my endorsement as well. As I started my Forward, "my Dad did his own taxes this year. This might not seem to be such a feat until you realize he's 100 years old." Had products been designed using the wisdom in this book, Dad's life and the lives of so many older adults (including me) would've been easier and would've required fewer 'creative workarounds.'  This book is a definite 'must read' even if you think no one over 25 is going to use the product. 

My $.02 anyway. 



Susan M. Dray, Ph.D., CUXP 
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"If the USER can't use it,
It doesn't work!"

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> On Jul 28, 2017, at 12:36 AM, Jeff Johnson <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Announcing a recently published book from Elsevier/Morgan Kaufmann:
> Designing User Interfaces for an Aging Population: Towards Universal Design
> • Jeff Johnson, Ph.D. (Computer Science Dept, University of San Francisco)
> • Kate Finn, Ph.D. (CEO, Wiser Usability, Inc.)
> • Characteristics of older adults that can hinder use of technology
> • Guidelines for designing technology to be usable by older adults, as well as younger people
> • Real-world examples of designs that implement the guidelines, and designs that violate the guidelines
> As the global population becomes more reliant on digital technology, the percentage of adults over 55 is growing quickly, especially in the developed world. But many older people experience age-related changes that impact their ability to use digital technology, leading to experiences that are difficult, frustrating, and off-putting. Companies, nonprofits, government agencies, and infrastructure providers are increasingly motivated to make digital products and online services that are accessible to this large segment of the population.
> Designing User Interfaces for an Aging Population presents age-friendly design guidelines that are well-established, research-based, actionable, and applicable across a variety of modern technology platforms. It explains typical age-related characteristics, and presents design guidelines to address them. The authors explore characteristics of aging via realistic personas, which demonstrate the impact of design decisions on actual users over age 55. Chapters cover vision, motor control, hearing and speech, cognition, knowledge, search, working with older adults, and several real-world case studies. 
> Dan Hawthorn (New Zealand), author of Designing Effective Interfaces for Older Users, 2006.
> "In the past decade research on the different needs of older users and the ways that user interfaces can be designed to suit older people has expanded considerably. Johnson and Finn have gathered this research to create a valuable and readable guide towards the art of designing for older people."
> • Elsevier instructor page: https://textbooks.elsevier.com/web/product_details.aspx?isbn=9780128044674 <https://textbooks.elsevier.com/web/product_details.aspx?isbn=9780128044674> 
> • Elsevier practitioner page: https://www.elsevier.com/books/designing-user-interfaces-for-an-aging-population/johnson/978-0-12-804467-4
> • Amazon.com: https://smile.amazon.com/Designing-User-Interfaces-Aging-Population/dp/0128044675 <https://smile.amazon.com/Designing-User-Interfaces-Aging-Population/dp/0128044675> 
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