- Look to the extremes for your design
- Identify design problems earlier
- Integrate accessibility into your process
- Encourage a frictionless flow
You know that accessibility is important, but somewhere along the way it got an undeserved reputation for being ugly, costly, and driven only by technical-compliance requirements.
But proactively incorporating accessibility in his design process is what Derek Featherstone does everyday. And he's going to show you how beautiful, inexpensive, and user-experience-driven accessibility truly is when it's addressed early.
Look to the extremes for your design
You'll illuminate design problems you didn't know existed.
- See example sites and usability-test data that demonstrate accessibility issues
- Examine specific demographics and technologies as a starting point
Identify design problems earlier
You'll create better designs while saving money (Especially on those head-ache-producing late-project rushes).
- Identify needs of people with disabilities in the concept phase
- Consider how age, sight, hearing, or touch impact designs of everyday objects
Integrate accessibility into your process
You'll embrace it as a design tool that improves UX for everyone.
- Learn where accessibility works from the project-definition phase through launch
- Implement simple testing techniques to reveal UX issues iteratively
Encourage a frictionless flow
Your accessibility focus will only delight more users.
- Add auto-suggest and keyboard links so users can navigate more quickly
- Use low-vision and plain-text error messaging so users can make corrections easily
We’ve known Derek Featherstone for some time. His knowledge with Ajax and accessibility makes him a popular speaker at conferences.
He’s an internationally-known speaker and authority on accessibility and web development. He’s a top-rated speaker at UIE’s live events, most recently the 2009 Web App Summit and in last year’s Virtual Seminar, Ajax: Tips, Tricks, & Avoiding the Pitfalls. Derek is the founder of Further Ahead, a leading firm that delivers insightful and creative accessibility consulting to Fortune 500 corporations, educational institutions, public utilities, government agencies and other private sector clients.
You can see his latest thinking on Ajax, accessibility, and all sorts of other good stuff at Box of Chocolates.
Oh, and if you think Derek is attached to his keyboard, you’re incorrect. He regularly trains for and competes in triathlons.