Accessibility

Research, Content, and Thought Leadership
Sparks of INterest
Coming from a self-taught background, it's common that beginning a project with one goal in mind leads to (near-obsessive) interest in another. It happened when I transitioned from print design to web design; from designer to front-end developer; and from asking 'how do I build the web' to 'why does the web work the way it does?', solidifying myself as a designer focused on user experience. But aside from color contrast and type scale, I hadn't truly been aware of the exciting, innovative solutions that come from inclusive design. Until another project sparked that interest!
more than a checklist
In 2019, I began working with a client that hired our team at Slalom to ensure that their product met accessibility compliance. While the project initially began as a means to get them to merely pass compliance for legal reasons, I started diving deeper—into research, into design processes, and, most importantly, into stories. As I learned more, I was able to apply more, and as such was able to share more. I positioned myself as a thought leader within Slalom as an advocate for accessible design and I take those principles with me into each project.
Showcase of published articles on the topic of accessibility and design

Empower All Users

Goals
  • Research inclusive design methodologies
  • Apply accessibility best practices to current and future projects
  • Share findings with the community
  • Advocate for universal design
From Casual Observer to Advocate
I began my research with blog and other free content, quickly expanding to enrolling in and completing a number of courses via Udemy, LinkedIn, and the Interaction Design Foundation. I also supplemented my knowledge with books; Mismatch by Kat Dennings and A Web for Everyone: Designing Accessible User Experiences by Sarah Horton and Whitney Quesenbery, the two I most highly-recommend.

And what good is design knowledge if it isn't shared? As a way to establish myself as a thought-leader in the field, I published a number of articles on Medium detailing my advocacy and design thinking process. I also had a number of opportunities to share my work with the design and tech community. In September 2019, I hosted a panel on Universal Design with experts in the field including the Vice President of Accessibility at Spectrum, Global Vice President of Accessibility at Sprint and other professionals at Denver Startup Week.

Since my initial research into accessible and universal design began, I have always made it a priority to advocate for accessible best practices in my own projects and within the companies that I work for. I hope to continue my research and stay active in the Universal Design discussion.
Stone wall with white painted text reading 'we all live here'

Beyond Accessibility

Accessible design considers the needs of people with disabilities. Inclusive design considers a diverse human population.
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A Showcase of Innnovation

Designing with accessibility and inclusion in mind drives innovative solutions that bring benefits to everyone.
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The Business Benefits of Inclusion

Diverse and inclusive teams. Enhanced brand reputation. A competitive edge. The fact is, accessible design is good for business.
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A Practical Guide to Inclusive Design

Shattering the myth that accessible design is hard. It doesn’t have to be!