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By Tim Powers on June 29, 2016

What the Porn Industry Can Teach Us About Accessibility

PornHub recently announced (safe for work link) that it was offering described video, or narrated sex scenes, for the blind. Described video or audio descriptions help blind viewers understand what is happening on television programs or films. Let’s remove the moral debate of pornographic movies and examine the actual motivation of making its videos more accessible to […]

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By Erich Manser on June 13, 2016

Accidental Accessibility

I love the word “intuitive.” It needs little explanation. Things should just work – installing software, the directions for a Scandinavian chest of drawers, or cooking a crème brûlée as easy as they do on television. You’ll also never get complaints about something, especially technology, being “too intuitive.” A fair amount of my day is […]

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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 Tim Powers on March 7, 2016

Accessibility Comes Alive at SXSW 2016

IBM will once again land upon Austin, Texas for the annual technology extravaganza that is SXSW Interactive (March 11-15, 2016). This year, IBM has created the IBM Cognitive Studio, an immersive showcase of apps, games, VR cycling, Watson-inspired cocktails, and accessibility. (Map to location). On Monday, March 14, IBM Accessibility will showcase how cognitive-powered human senses […]

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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 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 Ram (P G) Ramachandran on December 6, 2015

Opening Inclusive Channels of Online Commerce

There are many unsolved mysteries in our world – Big Foot, Stonehenge, Donald Trump’s hair, whether there was a second shooter on the grassy knoll, the finale of Sopranos, and whether Tom Brady deliberately deflated his footballs. However, with accessibility on the case, the mystery behind why consumers have difficulty logging onto websites, adding items […]

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