Designing Digital Technology for an Aging Population


If a website or app’s target audience includes older adults, certain aspects of its design become more important. This session describes age-related factors that affect ability to use websites and apps, and presents design guidelines that reflect the capabilities, usage patterns, and preferences of older users. Features include: demographics of users of digital technology, by age; age-related factors affecting ability to use computers and online services; common design problems that decrease usability for older adults; design guidelines that can help designers avoid these common pitfalls.


Jeff Johnson
Assistant Professor, Computer Science Department, University of San Francisco, California, United States


Presentation Type

Workshop Presentation


2023 Special Focus—New Agendas for Design: Principles of Scale, Practices of Inclusion


Design, Digital Artifacts, Older Adults, Seniors, Accessibility