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 and Elle Waters (plus a special guest) as they share stories from the trenches working with clients and design systems, lessons learned along the way, and new ideas for moving forward to ensure that the web is accessible to everyone.
Chief Experience Officer
Derek Featherstone is an internationally known speaker, practitioner and authority on accessibility and inclusive design. He has been working on the web since 1999, when he left his career as a high school teacher to start his own web design company. Derek is now the Chief Experience Officer at Level Access — focused on ensuring that accessibility and inclusion are an integral part of creating outstanding customer experiences. He teaches teams accessibility concepts and skills, and leads hands-on workshops with teams of all sizes. Working with Derek will help you analyze and improve your process, and incorporate accessibility and inclusive design processes into your UX and service design practice and development methodologies.
Vice President, Community & Global Development
Elle Waters 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: presenting, teaching, building community, spreading awareness, identifying opportunities, and most importantly, 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. Elle has a passion for social justice, a love affair with emerging technologies, and a healthy fear of zombies.