The GenderMag Design Catalog
This website shows examples of designs that have been made more inclusive using The GenderMag Method. The changes are described in terms of the GenderMag cognitive facets Link to a page that explains the facets. If you would like to contribute your own pre- and post-GenderMag designs to this website, please email us at gendermag.method@gmail.com.
Design: Adding hints creates clear paths for task-oriented users
Problem

This single sentence provides little information of what a user can expect if they click "Contribute.md".

Motivations: A task-oriented user prefers a workflow that doesn't require exploration to complete their task. If they don't see a clear path, they may abandon the task.

Also affects users with: comprehensive information processing style, risk aversion
Solution

The sentence with the contributing guidelines link now has hints that provides users with more information about what they can find in the 'contribute.md' file.

Motivations: A task-oriented user now knows what to expect if they click on the contributing guidelines link and doesn't need to explore in order to complete their task. Also, this solution allows a technology-motivated user to purposefully explore a piece of software by knowing where potential paths lead.

Adding hints to create a clear path can also help users with: comprehensive information processing style, risk aversion
Design: Categorizing issues with color-coded labels helps users avoid spending time on issues that don't fit their skill level
Problem

The issue list for this open source project doesn't allow users to easily parse through the issues and confidently select one that fits their skill level.

Attitude Toward Risk: A risk averse user doesn't want to waste time working on an issue that doesn't match their skill level.

Also affects users with: comprehensive information processing style, task-oriented motivations, low computer self-efficacy
Solution

Categorizing issues by color-coded labels allows users to map the skills needed for each issue.

Attitude Toward Risk: With this solution, a risk averse user can clearly identify the issue that best matches their skillset, and move forward without wasting time. This doesn't hinder a risk-tolerant user since they wouldn't have experienced this pain point.

Categorizing issues by color-coded labels also helps users with: comprehensive information processing style, task-oriented motivations, low computer self-efficacy
Design: Make cohesively organized instructions to help task-motivated users move forward
Problem
Instructions for each OS were in different locations in the project

Motivations: A task-oriented user doesn't explore around to gather up all the necessary instructions. If the instructions they need aren't organized cohesively they may abandon the task.

Also affects users with: low computer self efficacy, risk aversion, process-oriented learning style
Solution
Added and organized instructions all in one place for all OS setups.

Motivations: This allows task-motivated users to find exactly what they need but allows technology-motivated users to explore as much as they want.

Better organization can also help users with: low computer self efficacy, risk aversion, process-oriented learning style
Design: Provide step-by-step instructions for documentation contributions to help newcomers
Problem

Contributing to an OSS project can be intimidating for newcomes, especially if they believe their only option requires altering the project's code. This project only provided instructions for how to complete a code contribution and gave no instructions or even indications that a documentation contribution was possible.

Learning Style: A process-oriented learner wants to follow step-by-step instructions rather than tinker around the project or go through the coding setup (which requires much more work) to make a documentation contribution.

Also affects users with: risk aversion, low computer self-efficacy
Solution

Now there is an entire section dedicated to documentation contributions with step-by-step instructions.

Learning Style: A process-oriented learner now has the instructions they're looking for in order to easily complete a documentation contribution. This also doesn't stop a tinker from exploring around the project as much as they want.

Providing step-by-step instructions also helps users with: risk aversion, low computer self-efficacy
Design: Providing more context helps increase user confidence when making decisions
Problem

Title is vague and the lack of a description makes this issue difficult to guage.

Information Processing Style: A comprehensive newcomer needs enough detail to select an issue that fits their skill level; this further impacts their decision to contribute.

Also affects users with: low computer self efficacy
Solution

A more detailed title and description were added to provide context for the issue in the project.

Information Processing Style: By providing more information about the issue, a comprehensive newcomer is more inclined to contribute as they can easily decide if it's in their skill level. This solution doesn't hinder a selective newcomer who prefers lists with bolded key words over text blocks.

Providing more context can also help users with: low computer self-efficacy
Design: Use step-by-step instructions to benefit selective information processors
Problem

There are no step-by-step instructions or directions to the "issue list".

Information Processing Style: A user with selective information processing style wants to clearly locate the required information without be overwhelmed by extra text.

Also affects users with: task-oriented motivations, low computer self-efficacy
Solution

Numbered step-by-step instructions were added as well as a direct link to the "issue list".

Information Processing Style: This solution directs users with selective information processing style to a list of instructions instead of a paragraph. The "issue list" is hyperlinked and doesn't require additional navigation. This also doesn't prevent tinkerers from learning through exploration.

Incorporating numbered lists and hyperlinks also help users with: task-oriented motivations, low computer self-efficacy