Inclusive Research and Design

Style & Class
Style & Class
Public group

Microsoft Canada Excellence Centre

725 Granville Street, 7th Floor · Vancouver, BC

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There will be a Style & Class volunteer in the main lobby to direct you to the elevators. The Microsoft Centre is on the 7th floor.

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We all want to make our designs and projects the best they can be, but sometimes we forgot about portions of our audiences. Inclusion of those on the margins is a critical part of any web project. Join Lauren Isaacson (Curio Research) and Tommy Lewis (Microsoft) as they share insight from their experiences in inclusion in the work they do.

Doors open at 6:30pm, talks start at 7:00pm. No admittance after 7:10pm.

An assortment of beer and soft drinks will be provided, no food. 19+, minors not permitted due to alcohol service.

Research for All - Lauren Isaacson

You will be hard pressed to find anyone who doesn't think that making websites and software accessible is a bad thing, but when you have the opportunity to do user research and testing, how often do you involve someone who is physically impaired? During her talk, Lauren will discuss why you should make an effort to involve disabled research participants and how you would go about doing so.

Lauren Isaacson is a market and user researcher hailing from Los Angeles, California but now lives here in Vancouver. Since earning her MBA in 2002, Lauren has worked for various interactive advertising agencies researching and developing advertising and user experience strategies for companies like Nissan Motors, Microsoft, GM, Safeway, and eHarmony.Now she works as an independent consulting offering qualitative and quantitative research services to firms and projects both large and small.

An Introduction to Inclusive Design - Tommy Lewis

Inclusive Design is something that goes beyond accessibility, it is about building things whether they are street fixtures, apps or websites that reframe disability around mismatched human interactions instead of a personal health condition. In this session, you will learn what inclusive design is, why it is important for designing and developing anything. Then you will learn how to use the Inclusive Design Toolkit created by the Microsoft Design team to have a practical, real-world framework for creating an inclusive workflow in your own projects.

Tommy Lewis is a Technical Evangelist Manager at Microsoft Canada who at 8 years old thought that there was a frog apocalypse happening in his backyard. It turned out that it was just the rain made all the frogs come out and hop around. Tommy is also very much an advocate of technology coexistence and thinks designers must look past dogma so that we can create a better future. He is also bent on eradicating all versions of Internet Explorer from the planet and will never stop, never.

An assortment of beer and soft drinks will be provided, no food. 19+, minors not permitted due to alcohol service.

Afterwards: We’ll head out somewhere nearby after the event to have some more drinks and some more nuanced conversation. If you can make it, we'd love to see you there!

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