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Designer's a11y Responsibility

#a11yTO Conference | Toronto, Ontario | October 16 2018

Accessibility has traditionally only factored in the last stages of the Product Development Life Cycle:

  • if the developer decides to build responsibly,

  • if the QA team catches an issue, or

  • in the worst case scenario: if the company is sued by a customer after launch.

​However, accessibility and inclusive thinking really starts long before the first wireframe is sketched out or a single line of code is ever written.


In this talk, I shared practical tips on how designers & content strategists can start capturing the 'subjective' aspects of accessibility in designs to take the guessing out of our developer and QA friends' work.

Slide from presentation, showing an annotated comp of the mobile TELUS Digital website
Quote from Billy Gregory: "When UX doesn't consider ALL USERS, shouldn't it be known as 'some' User Experience, or... SUX?"


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