As designers and creatives we want to build digital work that is useful, helpful, beautiful and makes a lasting impact. The biggest barrier to this is accessibility. The reality is we design for the newest machines and mobile devices, and assume that everyone has access to fast inexpensive data and internet connections.
The current state of the global web is very different. For example, the most popular screen resolution in 2019 – 360x640 makes up just 14% of the global screen total. Just 43% of the global population owns a smart device. In many places data is more expensive than gas, water or housing. It’s predicted that another billion users will come online over the next few years.
Given the breadth of users and their needs and experiences, the variety of mobile devices and the difference in data access – how do we as designers rise to meet this challenge?
We’ll discuss the current state of the web, and the challenges of how people access it. Then we’ll review the different reasons why designing for accessibility makes sense. Next we’ll dig into the details of how to make digital design as accessible as possible for people around the globe, both now and as more people come online. Finally, we’ll discuss some current trends and successes and what is likely to happen in the next five years.
*A link to the event will be emailed to registrants the day prior to the event.
Michael Dolan is a creative technologist and designer who feels really awkward talking about himself in the third person. Hello. I'm Michael Dolan, and I've spent my career making digital things that millions of people use and (mostly love). I believe if something is worth making, it's worth making it so everyone can experience it. I've worked at creative agencies where I've made digital products and in-person experiences for brands like Nike, Taco Bell, 3M, Porsche, NASCAR and Hilton. I spent a while working at international news organizations, like The Economist, designing to make information easy to access and understand for people all over the world. I think the best answer to any question is always found in a Jane Austen novel.