Two hands holding a glowing orb. One of the hands has cloth thrown over it, another has tubes hanging around it.
Two hands holding a glowing orb. One of the hands has cloth thrown over it, another has tubes hanging around it.
Illustration by Valerija Trane

Positive influence of improved product accessibility was proven 15 years ago, but came to the spotlight in the last few years by Apple’s and Microsoft’s effort to focus on it in recent two years.

The global market of people with disabilities is over 1 billion people with a spending power of more than $6 trillion. Accessibility often improves the online experience for all users
— Disability as diversity in Fortune 100 companies

Even though more and more professionals and big players within a field started to talk about it, I witnessed myself and heard murmurs within the IT community that the cause is great, but there has to be time and resources to implement all the changes. Software solutions are universally perceived as tools that help the majority to execute tasks and with growing demands for better and improved tools (i.e. …


On June 24th Google Play will enforce all app icons to switch from Freeform to Uniform type. What is the reason for this change?

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Photo by Pathum Danthanarayana

Disclaimer: I am not a Google employee and I am/was not associated with the development of Google, Android or Play Store guidelines.

When introducing upcoming change Google gave the following statement on their Dev Platform:

Apps & Games on Google Play are adopting a new icon system to better fit diverse developer artwork to Google Play’s various UI layouts, form factors, and devices, as well as to bring consistency and a cleaner look to Google Play.

Uniformed shapes are visually more appealing and easier to digest. They help users focus on the artwork, as opposed to the shape. …

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Visual designer located in Denmark with focus on user experience and interfaces. Trying to make world a better place trough magic of design.

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