Inclusive Design + Accessibility (More heart. More humans)


*About the talk*

What can give us warm fuzzy feelings, more customers, more money, and easier development? Inclusive Design, that’s what! It helps us think about all the kinds of people that could access our websites, not just people that are like us. It helps us accept the web as it is (messy, slow, and broken), not the web as we want it to be (crispy, fast, and perfect). Most importantly, it helps us understand that disability is a spectrum, not a binary.

In this accessibility-themed talk, we’ll learn how we can make our sites work for more humans, on more devices and browsers, under more conditions. We’ll look at practical exercises and tutorials we can use. We’ll see how we can find the small changes that will make a big difference. We’ll look at ways of testing our sites, of having better conversations about them, and will be giving and receiving high fives. :)

*About the speakers*

Nicola du Toit is a UX designer and usability specialist by day and a musician by night. She has a Masters degree specialising in human-computer interaction but is also left-handed, which means that usability (or a lack thereof) has always been a significant part of her life. She firmly believes that human-centered design can make the world a better place.

Nicola rants about bad UX (and other things) on Twitter as @sophdex and can be found on the interwebs at


Steve Barnett works as a Front-end developer and User Experience consultant. He loves applying User-Centered Design principles to Front-end development. He likes helping people learn new things and being involved with the local dev community.

He loves sharing what he learns, so he writes about it, speaks at conferences, and facilitates workshops. If he’s not busy with one of those, he’s probably crouched in an awkward position in front of something funny-looking, taking pictures of it.

Sometimes he writes things about himself in the third person and it feels a bit odd ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.


Together, they form: the Empathy Labradors! We heart humans and think Inclusive Design can help us all make the world a better place. Yes, we are dog people. But also like cats a lot.
About you
This talk is for designers, developers, or UX people. Having a little knowledge of HTML and CSS will be useful, but isn’t required.