35: A Stark difference in design

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1. The slide that killed 7 people

“Typing text on a screen and reading it out loud does not count as teaching. An audience reading text off the screen does not count as learning. Imagine if the engineers had put up a slide with just: “foam strike more than 600 times bigger than test data.” Maybe NASA would have listened. Maybe they wouldn’t have attempted re-entry. Next time you’re asked to give a talk remember Columbia. Don’t just jump to your laptop and write out slides of text. Think about your message. Don’t let that message be lost amongst text. Death by PowerPoint is a real thing. Sometimes literally.”

2. Making Inclusive Design the Norm

“Designers must be well-versed in all the ways in which humans are different, and be empowered to ask questions and explore, but above all, to advocate for the most inclusive end product that can be achieved. Starting now, we are giving our designers the tools they need to be advocates for inclusion.”

So great to see Adobe push this effort forward and help inject inclusive design into the company and community as a norm. As of 2020, Adobe Design will release their own inclusive design program materials to the public including: slides, workbooks, teaching materials, and guides for small-group activities to aid understanding, as well as a hands-on introduction to evaluating and documenting accessibility in design deliverables such as wireframes.

3. 8 tools that make accessible design easier

The folks at Invision put together a list of eight tools to help you in your accessible web design process to avoid things getting a tad overwhelming—from color accessibility to crossing T’s and dotting I’s.

4. The POUR Methodology

To start solving problems within an inclusive framework and frame of mind, use the POUR method — the four principles of accessibility. Ask yourself, is it: Perceivable, Operable, Understandable, Robust.

Want to make sure you never forget the acronym? Get it on a shirt! Caitlyn Mayers created it to celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day and the 20th Birthday of WCAG. The proceeds from this shirt will go to Bookshare.

What’s new from Stark

+ Q: Is there a known resource for color combinations of CTAs?

+ Mobile UX London Meetup

If you’re a designer in London, don’t miss this! On May 23rd, designer Stephanie Maier is going to speak about inclusive design, how she designed an app for blind runner @andadapt, and how AdobeXD and Stark can help.

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–Team Stark