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 andContinue reading “Designing Accessible Experiences at Scale”

Reprogrammable braille could shrink books to a few pages

                      Harvard’s concept for reprogrammable braille Braille displays have made the digital world more accessible to those with vision issues, but readers who prefer the portability of a book haven’t had that upgrade. Even a typical book might require over a dozen volumes of braille paper,Continue reading “Reprogrammable braille could shrink books to a few pages”

WebAIM: Constructing a POUR Website – Putting People at the Center of the Process

Motivations to Create Accessible Web Content There are at least three main kinds of reasons that might motivate people to create accessible web content: To improve the lives of people with disabilities (human-centered motivations) To capitalize on the a wider audience or consumer base (marketing or economic-centered motivations) To avoid lawsuits and/or bad press (publicContinue reading “WebAIM: Constructing a POUR Website – Putting People at the Center of the Process”

Color Contrast Crash Course for Interface Design

There are an estimated 285 million people in the world who are visually impaired. This number includes anyone from legally blind, to those with less than 20/20 vision. This short guide, written during the creation of the Contrast MacOS app, will help you achieve the accessibility standards outlined in the WCAG 2.0, specifically with foreground and background color when it comesContinue reading “Color Contrast Crash Course for Interface Design”

Designing For Accessibility And Inclusion — Smashing Magazine

… One of the most common problems when designing for accessibility is knowing what needs you should design for. It’s not that we intentionally design to exclude users, it’s just that “we don’t know what we don’t know.” So, when it comes to accessibility, there’s a lot to know. How do we go about understandingContinue reading “Designing For Accessibility And Inclusion — Smashing Magazine”

Asos is praised for ‘leading the way’  after developing disability-friendly clothing line

Asos is praised for ‘leading the way’ in inclusive fashion after developing disability-friendly clothing line in collaboration with a Paralympic athlete An image of a model using a wheelchair on ASOS has been praised by shoppers The brand hired BBC’s Chloe Ball-Hopkins to model their new jumpsuit Chloe received a flood of support from othersContinue reading “Asos is praised for ‘leading the way’  after developing disability-friendly clothing line”

An accessible process for inclusive design (Google I/O ’18) – YouTube

Google spells out accessible, inclusive, usable It would be good if all designers took their lead from the likes of Apple and Google: inclusion, accessibility and usabilty are about the design process. Apart from clearly explaining how these terms are linked and can be used together, Google’s half hour video also has some tips and tools forContinue reading “An accessible process for inclusive design (Google I/O ’18) – YouTube”

Pinterest Just Redesigned Its App For Blind People

… Pinterest, like all mainstream apps, has a contingent of blind users (though the company admits to not tracking them). Many use Pinterest simply to bookmark stories on the web they’d like to read later. And those who don’t use the service might like to, if they were better welcomed. “We asked one user, wouldContinue reading “Pinterest Just Redesigned Its App For Blind People”

Advocating for Accessible UI Design | CSS-Tricks

Accessibility is a hot topic these days, and the older we web-makers get, the hotter it’s going to become! That might be a snarky outlook, but what I’m trying to say is that it’s about time we start designing the web for everyone because the web was meant to be for everyone, and less and less areContinue reading “Advocating for Accessible UI Design | CSS-Tricks”