Designing Accessible Experiences at Scale

When we talk about scale, we think about systems, organizational patterns, and ways to optimize design. We want to make it easy for everyone who works in product to contribute. Most organizations use a single source of truth to organize components known as a design system.

Design systems are the secret sauce to scale and develop experiences with speed and consistency. They include reusable components and well-documented requirements for buttons, colors, typography, voice, and tone, and anything that your brand stands for.

A single source of truth keeps all brand and UI components in one location, so teams can stay in sync. A design system isn’t created in one shot. It’s a living document that gets updated as teams add features, products, and interface components. One thing is certain – accessibility should be baked into every design system.

Google has over 250 products and services. Everyone who works at Google references Material Design, their design system. Although Google went through extensive tests to meet accessibility standards, designers who use Material should still take the time to test for accessibility. We shouldn’t leave it up to defaults. We have to be proactive to make sure that our designs reach a broad audience of people, not just people who look and act like us. We do this by embedding accessibility into the foundation of our design practice.

We have to be proactive to make sure that our designs reach a broad audience of people, not just people who look and act like us.

Nathan Curtis, a design system advocate, makes a good point when he says that just because there is a single source of truth doesn’t mean that everything has been tested for universal access. It’s up to individuals to know the rules and test components to meet standards.

A rendered illustration of an accessible pedestrian signal in the form of a textured crosswalk being used by a visually impaired pedestrian.

Learn the basics of accessibility

All designers should learn the essentials of accessibility so they can make sure their products are usable by everyone. Matt May, head of inclusive design at Adobe, trains Adobe designers around the world to build and implement accessible experiences. He ensures that everyone at Adobe has a role for inclusive design. May leads full day training workshops on how assistive technologies work, informs designers about types of bias relating to, for example, geography, race, gender and economic status, and how it affects their ability to use Adobe products.

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art, religion, dreams and the nature of reality

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the gap between the finite and comprehensible and the infinite and incomprehensible

A… it’s like we live in the finite and comprehensible but we’re surrounded by the infinite and incomprehensible and there has to be a border between those of something like a mediating border that’s poetry and art that’s narrative that’s religion and it’s that it’s that strange metaphorical reality let’s say that’s not factual and it’s not comprehensible but that’s not infinitely incomprehensible either it’s a bridge between the two so and as you move closer to the infinite and incomprehensible across that bridge you get farther and farther away from what you understand right but how could it be otherwise given that you’re finite you are a finite being surrounded by infinite what’s infinite and incomprehensible …

Q… and that was his critique of the strict rationalist that they can’t that it’s hard for them to make this – that’s what poets come in and that’s …

A… exactly this is I learned a lot of this from Jung because Jung’s idea was that rationality is embedded in a dream like there’s the infinite unknowable and then there’s the dream and then inside the dream is the rational domain and I believe that to be the case why else would we dream we have to dream if we don’t dream we we go insane it doesn’t take very long and so there’s there’s an element of poetic conceptualization that grounds us and it has to be taken seriously you know them the rational critics of Dreams think about them as random neural activity it’s like there’s nothing random… when you look at a TV screen that’s not on a channel that’s random when you dream something complex and sophisticated that’s not random so yeah so the metaphor surrounds us let’s say and we can critique it rationally and we can undermine it but there’s real danger in that so …

Hear a sound after saying “Ok Google” on Google Home device

When Google Home hears the hotword (“OK Google” or “Hey Google”), it records what you say and sends the recording to Google to fulfill your request.

To hear a brief sound at the start and/or end of your request:

  1. Make sure your mobile device or tablet is connected to the same Wi-Fi as your Google Home device.
  2. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  3. Scroll down until you find the device you would like to control.
  4. Tap the device.
  5. In the top right corner of the device card, tap Settings Settings icon.
  6. Scroll down to device info.
  7. Tap Accessibility.
  8. If you want to hear a sound only after saying “OK Google” turn on the toggleOn next to Play start sound  and leave the Play end sound slider off Off.

  9. If you want to hear a sound after Google Home after saying “OK Google” and after Assistant stops listening, turn on the toggleOn next to Play start sound and Play end sound On

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CSS Lists, Markers, And Counters

There is more to styling lists in CSS than you might think. In this article, Rachel starts by looking at lists in CSS, and moving onto some interesting features defined in the CSS Lists specification — markers and counters.


Lists in CSS have particular properties which give us the standard list styling we expect. An unordered list gains a list bullet, of the type disc, and ordered lists are numbered. My interest in exploring lists in more detail came from some work I did to document the ::markerpseudo-element for MDN. This pseudo-element ships in Firefox 68 and is being released today. With the ::markerpseudo element available to us, we can start to do some interesting things with lists, and in this article, I’ll explain more.

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