Date: Tuesday, October 8th
Time: 2:00 PM EDT/ 11:00 AM PDT
Design systems help us extract more value from a project by pulling out well-designed components as candidates for reuse on future products. Designers and developers can be more efficient since they aren’t having to reinvent the wheel every time. And those proven and tested components then propagate across product teams so they’re creating products that consistently work well.
So what happens when you get your design system right and ensure its components are accessible? You and your software propagate inclusion by making sure that your products work well for everyone, including people with disabilities.
And when you get it wrong? You propagate exclusion. The stakes are pretty high.
Join Derek Featherstone, Elle Waters, and special Guest Dan Mall as they share stories from the trenches working with clients and design systems, lessons they’ve learned along the way, and new ideas for moving forward to ensure that the web is accessible to everyone.
Chief Experience Officer
Derek brings nearly 20 years of usability analysis and accessibility consulting and training experience to his work, helping clients build more accessible digital products, while consistently improving processes, practices, and cultures to be more inclusive. He is an internationally known speaker and authority on inclusive design, with a focus on ensuring accessibility and inclusion are seen as an integral part of user experience and service design, rather than an afterthought.
Vice President, Community & Global Development
Elle brings hearts and minds together to make the world a more accessible place. When she laces up her boots in the morning, she’s ready for anything: teaching, building community, spreading awareness, and leading the charge as Level Access takes the global stage. More than anything, Elle loves seeing the amazing things that happen when teams put accessibility first. She has a passion for social justice, a love affair with emerging technologies, and a healthy fear of zombies.
Special Guest: Dan Mall
Dan Mall is a creative director and advisor from Philly. He’s the founder of SuperFriendly, a design collaborative that helps in-house teams make better digital products with design systems. Dan is an enthralled husband & dad, author of Pricing Design, and co-founder of SuperBooked, a service that helps you find work with a little help from your friends. He writes about design and other issues on Twitter and on his industry-recognized site, danmall.me.