Accessibility For Everyone

A presentation at Loupe 2019 in in Amsterdam, Netherlands by Laura Kalbag

Accessibility For Everyone

Accessibility For Everyone

Accessibility is making technology available to everyone.

Accessibility is making technology available to everyone.

We build the new everyday things.

We build the new everyday things.

We all know our industry isn’t so diverse

We all know our industry isn’t so diverse

Inclusion

Inclusion

We don’t all have the same needs.

We don’t all have the same needs.

We need to understand and care about differing needs.

We need to understand and care about differing needs.

Understanding problems = Better at solving problems

Understanding problems = Better at solving problems

Inclusive or accessible?

Inclusive or accessible?

Accessible design

Accessible design

Inclusive design

Inclusive design

Do we know what’s best?

Do we know what’s best?

Don’t be colonial.

Don’t be colonial.

What makes inclusive design?

What makes inclusive design?

Provide alternatives.

Provide alternatives.

Your content may already be inclusive.

Your content may already be inclusive.

Use plain language.

Use plain language.

Provide text alternatives.

Provide text alternatives.

Inclusive social media

Inclusive social media

Write meaningful alternative text.

Write meaningful alternative text.

Create transcripts for video and audio content.

Create transcripts for video and audio content.

Use captions for video content.

Use captions for video content.

Good accessibility is good usability.

Good accessibility is good usability.

Accessible technology can’t be beautiful?

Accessible technology can’t be beautiful?

Aesthetics are part of usability.

Aesthetics are part of usability.

Aesthetics as design, not decoration

Aesthetics as design, not decoration

We are not making art.

We are not making art.

Beauty is a thoughtfully-designed interface.

Beauty is a thoughtfully-designed interface.

Aesthetic principles

Aesthetic principles

Careful aesthetic decisions benefit people with cognitive differences.

Careful aesthetic decisions benefit people with cognitive differences.

Affordances

Affordances

Interfaces shouldn’t be surprising.

Interfaces shouldn’t be surprising.

Convention

Convention

Don’t be different for the sake of being different.

Don’t be different for the sake of being different.

But don’t just do it because everybody else does it.

But don’t just do it because everybody else does it.

Relationships

Relationships

Small isn’t tidy. It’s just small.

Small isn’t tidy. It’s just small.

Colour

Colour

Don’t use colour as a sole means to convey information.

Don’t use colour as a sole means to convey information.

Use contrast.

Use contrast.

Test your designs in greyscale.

Test your designs in greyscale.

Don’t rely on icons to convey meaning.

Don’t rely on icons to convey meaning.

You still have room for creativity.

You still have room for creativity.

Distinguish ourselves on caring.

Distinguish ourselves on caring.

Intimidating

Intimidating

We need ethics.

We need ethics.

Ethical Design Manifesto

Ethical Design Manifesto

Ethical Design

Ethical Design

Build for our future

Build for our future

It’s not always *illegal* to be unethical.

It’s not always *illegal* to be unethical.

It’s early days but we’ve already gone too far…

It’s early days but we’ve already gone too far…

Build it for your own sake.

Build it for your own sake.

Thank you.

Thank you.

What is accessibility and who benefits from it? Laura’s presentation will explore how to approach accessibility, and how we can design sites and products that are better for everyone. We’ll look at the difference between accessibility and inclusivity, and how to use design to aid the usability of what we create.You’ll leave knowing why accessibility is so important, and how you can make improvements as soon as you’re back to work.

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