Accessibility as a Design Tool
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