UX Nights: Usability and Accessibility

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This week will be focusing on Usability and Accessibility. The first half will consist of eating and mingling. Then we'll have some talks that will teach us and inspire us.

Sign up for UX Nights Office Hours. Book a one-on-one 30 minute session to review your portfolio, resume, or discuss anything you would like.

UX Nights Office Hours: http://bit.ly/ux-nights

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Schedule

6:00 - 6:30 Networking and Food
6:30 - 8:00 Talks
8:00 - 8:30 Hanging Out

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## Talks

### Accessibility & Color
by: Dave Cooksey

It’s estimated that 1 in 12 men and 1 in 200 women have some form of color blindness. While not considered a serious medical condition or a disability, color blindness can make aspects of everyday life difficult.

One growing area of frustration for people who are colorblind are digital interfaces. Text, hyperlinks, calls to action, and data visualizations can all make any experience difficult for colorblind users.

In this talk, Dave will discuss how color matters to both usability and accessibility. He will also introduce a practical approach to designing with color that keeps users with color vision deficiencies in mind.

### Digital Accessibility Tips
by: Mikey Ilagan

This is a high level overview of common digital accessibility concerns. This highlights four specific issues, the challenges they pose for certain people and how to avoid them.

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## About our Speakers

### Dave Cooksey

Dave Cooksey is a Principal Experience Designer at Elsevier Clinical Solutions. He was a co-chair of the 2017 IA Summit, has served multiple times as Chair of PhillyCHI, and also happens to be colorblind. You can follow him on Twitter at @saturdave.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/saturdave
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/saturdave

### Mikey Ilagan

Mikey Ilagan is a Product Manager on the Comcast Accessibility Team. He's spent the past decade building digital experiences using a lifetime of passion for technology. Today, he uses a diverse background to work with product teams to ensure Xfinity's offerings are usable and well-designed for customers using assistive technology.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mikeyil
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikeyil