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Design beyond the eyes:
A web-based tool for designers working with people with visual needs

My interest in designing inclusive environments and design for social justice motivated me to think more about the whole research and design process of any products, services, or environments, and how much they give voice to their users.
- Do the research tools and methods let designers understand the real needs of the end-users?
- Do the end-users get to share their living experiences with designers in an open environment?
These questions and my previous experience of working with kids with visual needs motivated me to work on a web-based tool for designers who work with individuals with low or no vision for my master's thesis in industrial design. The purpose of the project was to help designers understand the real needs of the participants with visual needs without making unreal assumptions and give space to the participants to share their living experiences and challenges in an open space using accessible tools. 

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