Designing a User Interface for the Elderly — an Overview.

October 10, 2018

By Léa Berger - Lead designer at Morrama

When we look at a user interface, we tend to take what we see for granted. We focus on the way it looks. The colours, the fonts, the composition, the imagery.

What we don’t necessarily think about is how this would appear to someone with a visual impairment, memory loss or dementia. None of the elements mentioned above would matter — they would actually make things more difficult.

I recently had the task to design a user interface for the elderly. An interface that involved text, numbers, menus and quite a lot of different settings.

Designing that interface meant looking at things with a different perspective. The main objective was to make everything as simple, clear and legible as possible.