CANCELED - The Beauty of Accessibility

by Caryn Pagel | at MinneBar 13 | 11:15 – 12:05 in Nokomis | View Schedule

We all want to design beautiful websites and applications, but the most beautiful website is the one that works for everyone. When you add accessibility to your design process, you are designing for everyone.

In this session, we debunk the myth that making an accessible site equates to making an ugly site. We will discuss common issues we see at Level Access, with a focus on maintaining aesthetics while making sites accessible. We’ll break out into small groups to work on solving some common issues, like making text easier to read and images available to everyone. Then we’ll come back together and review the solutions. Everyone is welcome to provide feedback in a respectful, loving way.

In this session, we will tackle common design patterns that cause accessibility issues, and how to remediate them without degrading the visual appearance of the site, app, program or service.

Although this session is tailored for designers, it is open to everyone. We will be covering practical skills in these areas: * color contrast * text zooming * hover and focus states of interactive elements * ensuring color is not the only way of conveying information * alternative text for images * images that contain text


Caryn Pagel

Caryn’s passion for digital accessibility began when she worked in the UX and visual design field. She has previously worked for Simply Accessible and Level Access, and currently works with the amazing accessibility team at Thomson Reuters.