Brainstorming Rules

Much-needed tools for meaningful discussions, from the Design Thinking for Educators Toolkit, by Riverdale Country School and IDEO. Defer judgment. There are no bad ideas at this point. There will be plenty of time to narrow them down later. Encourage wild ideas. Even if an idea doesn’t seem realistic, it may spark a great idea forContinue reading “Brainstorming Rules”

Radio buttons for gender information

When signing up to be an “IHEG Insider,” the question “What is your gender?” is asked using a radio button control. The control is presented with two options: “Male” and “Female.” The question is listed as “Required Information” on the signup form.Radio button controls are the most insistent of all user interface patterns. They forceContinue reading “Radio buttons for gender information”

Security questions for password reset

My mother and I are trying set up the Photo app to automatically import photos from her phone. Since my father died in June, she has been using her phone much more, including the camera. At family gatherings she takes photos of people, couples, and families. They are some of the best photos, since weContinue reading “Security questions for password reset”

Let’s talk about disabilities, technology, and design

We don’t always know what words to use when talking about disabilities, and this keeps us from having important conversations and making progress. We all have disabilities. Those of us who fall into the category of  “disabled” are people whose conditions are considered limiting enough to need accommodations in order to be self-sufficient and live independently. That said, the disabling effectContinue reading “Let’s talk about disabilities, technology, and design”

Organizations, accessibility, and change

In the past years I’ve often found myself in the role of change agent—someone responsible for advancing new ways of doing things. It’s the most challenging role I’ve ever held, and I’ve reflected quite a bit on what works and what doesn’t. More recently I’ve been in the role of assisting other change agents. IContinue reading “Organizations, accessibility, and change”

Year in Review: A Web for Everyone and Accessible UX

It’s been a year since I made the leap from higher education to a job in accessibility at The Paciello Group, or TPG as we are more commonly known. Here in my anniversary post I reflect on some of the good stuff that’s happened this past year. Whitney Quesenbery and I completed our book, A WebContinue reading “Year in Review: A Web for Everyone and Accessible UX”

A day job in web accessibility

I started learning about web accessibility in the early 2000s when I was asked to speak on the topic at a conference. Since that time I have had opportunities to develop my knowledge and expertise, but always as an adjunct to my day job. Web accessibility became a passion that I would weave into myContinue reading “A day job in web accessibility”

The Future of Web Accessibility: A Multi-Voice Choir

Back in May of 2011 I wrote an article about a new book project, Universal Design for Web Accessibility. Since then my co-author, Whitney Quesenbery, and I have been plugging away, stealing writing time in between moves, job changes, elections, violent weather, and the many other disruptions that come with living a full life. WeContinue reading “The Future of Web Accessibility: A Multi-Voice Choir”

Storytelling, empathy, and finding purpose

For me, accessibility was a game changer in thinking about the purpose of design. As a starving musician, I stumbled into design in the course of trying to put food on the table. Without a design education I was never quite sure of what design was all about. As an interaction designer, I was tornContinue reading “Storytelling, empathy, and finding purpose”