The future is now! Sort of. Inclusive Design, where we design for a spectrum of abilities, is more important than ever. As we’re breaking new frontiers of what’s possible, we’re also breaking new frontiers of how difficult we can make things for our users. Not all of our users have perfect vision and motor control, a new and hi-tech device, and blazing fast internet.
This talk will offer concrete tips on how to start doing better, more inclusive, design right away. It will bust the myths that inclusive design is too difficult, time consuming, or expensive. It will help us gain greater empathy for our users who have a range of different physical and cognitive experiences of the products they use. There will also be pictures of animals, because cute.
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-centred design can make the world a better place.
Nicola rants about bad UX (and other things) on twitter as @sophdex and can be found in the interwebs at http://nicoladutoit.com.
Steve Barnett works as 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.