Tactile Wireframing: Designing for accessibility with accessibility in mind

Jenny Lanier
20 Sep 2019
11:00 am
South Side Music Hall

Tactile Wireframing: Designing for accessibility with accessibility in mind

Designers often think of accessibility as a box to check before shipping a product. But what does it mean to be delightfully accessible instead of hitting the benchmark of accessibility best practices?

Furthermore, how can we better incorporate accessibility into the design process and enable those with visual impairments to provide feedback earlier? Today, visually impaired users can only provide feedback with a developed application that is compatible with a screen reader. By that time, many changes would require code refactoring, which would increase company expenses and delay improvements. Excluding valuable input from vision impaired users, a group of almost 300 million people, due to technical limitations is unacceptable and can be mitigated by the process we have developed through IBM Design Thinking.

Attendees will learn about our process and how we designed a system to bring accessibility earlier into our conversations. We will share how we worked with a vision impaired development manager to design a tactile wire-framing kit that we now use to communicate designs to people with vision impairments. This session will inspire teams to design for accessibility with accessibility in mind.