The Importance of Inclusive and Accessible Design for Digital Products

3:30pm - 4:30pm, Friday 22nd October 2021

This is an open forum for discussion on all things accessible and inclusive in digital design, so feel free to contribute your own thoughts and experiences.

About this event

There are 14.1 million disabled people in the UK alone, and yet it is rare for digital products to consider the needs of differently-abled users as part of their design process. This needs to change.

We will talk about the social model of disability, which argues that "people are disabled by barriers in society, not by their impairment or difference" (Scope). In other words, someone's impairment is not their disability; it is society's unwillingness to cater for it that creates the disability. And this isn't just about disabled people; it's about building in as many thoughtful and considerate functionalities and design elements to products as possible that meet the needs of a wide variety of people as standard.

Good UX and UI design is, by its nature, inclusive and accessible anyway — so we will also talk about good UX and UI practices more generally. We will also go through examples of good and bad design to contextualise the theories.

This is an open forum for discussion on all things accessible and inclusive in digital design, so feel free to contribute your own thoughts and experiences. Lastly, you don't need to be a designer or overly familiar with design principles to come to this — all you need is an interest in the topic and an open mind.

    When

    3:30pm - 4:30pm, Friday 22nd October 2021

    Where

    BRLSI BRLSI, 16-18 Queen Square, Bath, BA1 1BA

    Venue Accessibility

    Fully Accessible

    Location

    BRLSI

    BRLSI, 16-18 Queen Square, Bath, BA1 1BA

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