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An Accessible Design Framework

Date & Time
Wednesday, March 20, 2024 - 2:20 PM PDT  
Platinum 8  

As designers, everything we do is in service of our end users. We aim to create usable and useful experiences where users seamlessly and effortlessly accomplish their goals. To meet said aim, we must fully understand our users and how they tackle task execution. This means we must understand the capabilities and limitations of both humans and technologies and the interfaces where they meet.

This is why we have the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). But, WCAG can be convoluted and intimidating, especially for designers. Much of the related documentation is developer-centric, as are most examples. It's hard to parse out what creatives are responsible for, let alone how we apply accessibility considerations to our designs. Designers need a simple framework to apply WCAG to their daily work.

Hence, I've created the Accessible Design Framework. This framework considers all aspects of the system - the human, the technologies, and the interfaces – and provides a means for any designer working on any design artifact at any stage in the design process to include accessibility considerations in their work proactively. It is meant to enable designers everywhere to seamlessly integrate the tenants of WCAG into their output.

In this talk, I will outline the logic that underpins the framework, and I will use a variety of examples to demonstrate it.

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Session Summary (Abstract)
Designers are not equipped to include accessibility considerations in all aspects of their work proactively. What's lacking is a framework to integrate WCAG's tenants into their output. Learn an accessible design process and the logic powering it.  
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Secondary Topics
Digital Accessibility  
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Exhibitor Track  


  • Karen Hawkins
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