Inclusive Design

By Tim Powers on August 4, 2016

Girls Who Code Tackle Aging and Isolation

High school students from Girls Who Code, a national non-profit organization dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology, are taking on the challenge of helping seniors learn technology to reduce their feelings of isolation and loneliness. The team, consisting of Heewon Kim, Oumou Camara, Paula Sante, and Elizabeth Paz (see photo), created Elders Connect, […]

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By Tim Powers on May 12, 2016

Inclusive Design Can’t Be An Afterthought

Guest post from Sara Mansell, Design Research Lead for Hybrid Integration, IBM Cloud “It was so refreshing to hear a person outside of the accessibility department talking about accessibility,” said Gerry Ellis, an Accessibility and Usability Consultant at Feel the BenefIT, after I presented on accessible design at G3ict‘s International Briefing on Financial Services Accessibility […]

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By Erich Manser on February 3, 2016

Empathy in Design and Accessibility

(The third in our series of articles on design and accessibility. Read the first and second articles.) I am an accessibility tester & consultant at IBM, and I also happen to be a person with low-vision (I can see some, but not much) who uses technology. I am also all-too familiar with the “pain” of […]

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By Maureen (Moe) Kraft on January 21, 2016

Accessible Innovation at Barclays Hackathon

Late last year, Barclays hosted the Superheroes vs. Master Hackers Hackathon in New York City. Organized and run by AngelHack, the event attracted a diverse group of more than 110 men and women from across the U.S. who competed for cash prizes and a chance to grow their ideas in the Barclays Accelerator Fast Track program. As a sponsor of the […]

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By M.E. Miller on January 14, 2016

Top Ten Inclusive Design Lessons

(The second in a series of posts on inclusive design) I have learned to approach accessibility like any other design challenge. It is about understanding and developing empathy for the user, which is fundamental to IBM Design Thinking. By constantly planning and incorporating accessibility into our designs, we can create one interface that is adaptive to […]

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By Tim Powers on January 4, 2016

Inclusion at the Intersection of Design and Accessibility

(The first in a series of posts on inclusive design) It’s not often you find design and accessibility as complimentary ingredients in a tasty entrée. In the past, the idea of mixing checklists and restrictions with creativity and free-spirited attitudes was faux pas, like adding ketchup to a hotdog in Chicago. But, sometimes two very […]

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By Tom Brunet on December 4, 2015

Accessibility Services Available in the Cloud

To make it easier for organizations to create accessible applications and content, IBM has released two new cloud-based accessibility services on IBM Bluemix, Digital Content Checker and Automated Accessibility Tester. The services provide greater availability of accessibility so organizations can speed development efforts, create more personalized experiences through any contact point, and help conform to […]

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By Susann Keohane on December 2, 2015

Three Ways to Improve DevOps to Ensure Accessibility

Designing and developing accessible solutions has become critical for organizations – from business processes to product development. With a renewed focus on human-centered design, I am often asked, “How can we effect change in an organization’s DevOps to ensure accessibility is integrated from the outset?” There are many ways to achieve a positive effect for […]

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