Our amazing friends from InVision are announcing the first four grants issued by their Design Forward Fund that started a little while ago. For their first big announcement, InVision is investing forward into the design community for inclusive design. With more than 5 million users and 65,000 companies rely on the InVision platform, It's critical that they needed to step it up and provide the right resources for the growing demand in terms of designing with inclusivity. It's really great seeing companies like InVision shifting their mindsets and preparing for the next generation.
In their words
As part of the design community, we too are responsible for inclusive design. More than 5 million users and 65,000 companies rely on our platform, giving us both the opportunity and the obligation to provide the resources and the motivation to design with inclusivity in mind.
For this reason, we are kicking off a series of initiatives dedicated to highlighting the individuals and organizations who are helping to advance the cause of inclusive design, and to providing our customers with the tools and best practices to create digital experiences that meet the needs of as many people as possible.
The screen has become the most important place in the world, which means that it’s incumbent upon all of us in the design community to create experiences that work for everyone. This is why we’re incredibly proud to be able to support the mission of such a worthy group of companies who are truly making the digital world a better and more inclusive place. - Clark Valberg, InVision CEO
Design Forward Fund First Four
Mismatch.design is an online community and digital magazine dedicated to advancing inclusive design. The site is a free source of insights, personal stories, and best practices that help design practitioners think and design more inclusively. Mismatch.design was founded by Kat Holmes, author of the book “Mismatch: How Inclusion Shapes Design,” one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business, and the Director of UX Design at Google.
We are Colorblind
We are Colorblind is dedicated to making the web a better place for the colorblind. The organization aims to inform and educate about color blindness, helping anyone who creates for the web or works with color to better understand this condition and to design with those who have it in mind.
Visionary is the world’s first Internet browser specifically designed for the 3% of the population who suffer from some kind of visual impairment. Created by Gabriela Fonseca and Greg Palmieri, Visionary was inspired by struggles faced by Gabriela’s mother who suffers from Retinitis Pigmentosa, a degenerative eye disease causing severe vision loss over time.
The A11Y Project
The A11Y Project is an open-source, community-driven effort to make web accessibility easier. Run by a small group of volunteers who are passionate about making the web easier to use for everyone, The A11Y Project’s site contains tips and how-tos on site accessibility, accessibility-related tests, and a curated list of upcoming events and resources on web accessibility.
We’re incredibly proud to have found four incredible organizations to help us achieve the Design Forward Fund’s mission of elevating and inspiring the entrepreneurs creating tools and resources that will power the next generation of design...we’re planning to unveil an exciting new tool that will help our customers improve the inclusivity of the products they design with InVision. We hope you’ll follow along on our journey.
- Read the full announcement here