Ink Tank is personal and intimate. Our users are making body altering decisions and connecting with their cultural identities. Our language and tone seeks to help users from diverse backgrounds feel safe, respected, supported, and represented. Use everyday language.
Avoid industry specific jargon, but feel free to introduce an industry specific term after it has been defined in an accessible way.
Avoid labels, generalizations, and assumptions about user skin color or cultural knowledge.
Avoid using a ‘default’ skin color or culture.
Our tone is an opportunity to build trust in our users. We are confident in the our product and always striving to make it better and more inclusive and accurate. So, there is room for humility. We don’t assume to know more about our users’ skin or culture than they do. We exist to offer them additional resources for their use.
We welcome users of all backgrounds, cultures, races, and abilities.
Avoid using ‘default’ skin colors and cultures.
Contrast levels should strive for AAA ratings, but may fall short when icons are paired with text.
Our app should maintain functionality across all typical devices. Our app should stay light-weight and consider that our users have widely different connection speeds and locations around the world.
In app imagery is rarely used as decoration. Imagery is primarily reserved for user uploaded images and the cultural icon library.
Illustrations are to be used primarily when they serve a function for the user, such as a design sample. Avoid decorative illustrations. Use only the provided color palette, excluding the Burgundy which is reserved for interactive elements (unless the illustration is interactive).