Tuesday 2nd Oct 2018
7:30pm (doors at 6:30pm)
Put on by Town Hall Seattle
A computer mouse that doesn’t work for left-handed people, an interface whose color scheme is inaccessible for users with colorblindness, a touchscreen payment system that’s only usable by those who read English, have 20/20 vision, and use a credit card—these design oversights are the building blocks of exclusion, and they’re built into many devices we take for granted.
Inclusive design expert Kat Holmes founded mismatch.design to combat the problem of devices that reject their users, and she brings her expertise to Town Hall to discuss how assumptions or thoughtless choices can lead to exclusion in design. Holmes cites advice from her book Mismatch: How Inclusion Shapes Design to show how inclusion can be a source of innovation and growth, especially for digital technologies, acting as a catalyst for creativity and a boost for the bottom line as a customer base expands. Join Holmes for a treatise on remedying mismatched designs and creating elegant solutions that make tech accessible for excluded users.
Kat Holmes, named one of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business” in 2017, is founder of mismatch.design, a firm dedicated to inclusive design resources and education. She served as the Principal Director of Inclusive Design at Microsoft from 2014-2017, and led that company’s executive program for inclusive product innovation. Her award-winning toolkit was inducted into the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper Hewitt Design Museum.
-via Town Hall Seattle