Webinars: Designing a Better User Experience

ARCHIVE: Designing a Better User Experience

Live Broadcast Held On: Thursday, June 30, 2016
Length: 1.5 hours
Speakers: Mary Jo Mueller, Accessibility Standards Program Manager, IBM and Bo Campbell, Accessibility Consultant Designer, IBM Research
Target Audience: Designers, developers
Skill Level: Intermediate

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Overview: Accessibility standards go a long way toward ensuring technology is "accessible". Meeting those standards doesn't always lead to the best user experience for persons with disabilities. In a competitive work environment it is imperative that technology provides efficiency and ease of use for everyone. This webinar will bring to light some areas where good design is key to improving the overall user experience for all users - with or without disabilities.

Objectives:
  • Areas where standards are well defined, but do not necessarily lead to efficient use of software or web applications
  • Design principles or techniques that can help overcome limitations in technical requirements
  • Techniques for gaining input from real users to vet your design and implementation

Speaker Bios:
Mary Jo Mueller is the IBM Accessibility Standards Program Manager in IBM Research. Her primary role is to monitor and influence the development of worldwide accessibility standards, government policies and regulations. In addition, she is an accessibility expert with over 15 years experience in the areas of software UI design and development for meeting the user needs of people with disabilities. She is a member of the following W3C standards groups: Protocols and Formats Working Group, WCAG Working Group, and the Cognitive Task Force. She holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Florida Atlantic University.

Bo Campbell joined IBM Accessibility as an Accessibility Design Consultant in 2014 after more than 10 years as a User Experience Designer. Bo specializes in Interaction Design and earned his MS in Human Computer Interaction in 2011 from Iowa State University. Hired as a UX Design Lead for IBM Design in 2013, Bo moved into the IBM Research Organization to enable IBM Designers to create accessible digital interfaces. Bo is a member of the W3C CSS working group and the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP).
 

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