Accessibility is unfortunately still an afterthought on many projects. User interaction and accessibility requirements are poorly documented, at best. Or forgotten, when handing over designs to developer teams. And fixing it later costs a LOT more than building it right to begin with. Why, what and how designers can document different aspects of accessibility and user interactions requirements, to build better more inclusive products.
Accessibility experts Léonie Watson and Rakesh Paladugula offer pragmatic advice on how to help accessibility become an integral part of design. From keyboard navigation, to the use of colors, ARIA, design documentation and more, they covered what designers need to be aware about to build more inclusive products.
Accessibility is often overlooked in the initial stages of product design, mistakenly relegated as an issue to be “fixed” later. It’s also still assumed as solely a developer’s responsibility. However, effective accessibility is the collective responsibility of the entire team, including designers. Many accessibility problems can be anticipated and already eliminated during the design phase. As a designers, you have the power to influence product roadmaps by advocating for accessibility, accessibility features, making a significant impact! Workshop Dates I’m preparing …
When talking about accessibility, especially to designers, I’m often asked “where should I start if I am interested in the topic and want to learn more?”. So, here we are: I put together (and will update) this list of resources, articles, blog posts, and checklists to help you, designers, get started on your “building more accessible products” journey.
For educational purpose, I illustrated 5 quotes from my last week training on accessibility. Those are about understanding disabled people’s needs, reaching compliance levels, connecting design decisions and needs, giving the rules of the forms and the compatibility between design accessibility and innovation.
I wrote a quick tweet about teaching the basics of accessibility and colors to design students that go quite some attention. It brought up some interesting discussions. So I thought I would share with you all the resources, tips and tools I regularly use to build and check the color accessibility of my products in one place. Enjoy.
My personal selection of the best book on UX design, user research, psychology, UI and web design, ethics, creativity, mobile and responsive web design, accessibility, collaboration, strategy, management and more. I ordered the list in different categories to help you go through and update the list regularly.
👉🏻 Curated weekly UX, Design & Tech resources: product risk management workshop, accessibility annotation kits, UIs for AI tools, why carousels don’t work, accessibility beyond compliance, designer layoff analysis, nice wild life pictures, astronomical calendar, LEGO minifigures, designer books, stereogram solver, design system calendar, EPUB accessibility checker, fun avatar tool, free UX resources, container queries tutorial, CSS nesting, etc.
👉🏻 Curated weekly UX, Design & Tech resources: making better UX reports, don’t disable buttons, concept testing, accessible animations, browser text zoom, accessibility timeline, strength based approach to accessibility, a fun song, flag goofy redesigns, a nice coding monospace font, an open source survey tool, some accessibility tutorials (buttons height and focus indicator), HTML attributes you should know about and prefers-reduced-transparency CSS media query.
👉🏻 Curated weekly UX, Design & Tech resources: UX research template, threat modelling, sheet dialog and snack bars, social loafing and AI, how Nintendo stays relevant, minimal affordance, modern CSS, divtober, internet artifacts museum, nice button inspiration, gradient map plugin, selector information, a prompt engineering game and some accessibility tutorials on color and alt text.