The Design + Accessibility Summit come quickly! It’s one of CreativePro’s biggest events of the year, packed with essential information from world-class speakers. Here is my list of seven sessions that I am particularly looking forward to.
InDesign’s accessibility superpowers
Chad Chelius is easily one of the most talented speakers I know. His expertise in accessibility is a natural extension of his in-depth knowledge of the tools used by publishers. And when it comes to publishing, InDesign is the 800-pound gorilla we all have to deal with. This is where our content lives and where the foundation for accessibility is laid. So, to create accessible documents from scratch, that’s where you start.
In terms of accessibility, Dax Castro is everywhere. Write, speak, podcast, social media, whatever platform you choose, Dax is here to spread knowledge. He’s also one of the strongest accessibility advocates you’ll ever meet. it will make you a believer. I consider myself an accessibility apprentice, so there’s no way I’d miss an opportunity to peek into the master’s toolbox and see what I should be using.
Accessibility, Square One
I had the pleasure of meeting Lindsey at CreativePro Week this year, and I could tell immediately that she had a lot of valuable insights to offer from her perspective as a hard-working designer. I also like the idea that someone has to do this kind of work on a daily basis and reports directly to the front lines. I know that the information she will bring will be fresh and relevant.
Since my speaking time at CreativePro Week and other events, I know how vital it is for any broadcaster to understand and meet the needs of their audience. What I don’t know are the nuts and bolts of designing and delivering an accessible presentation. But I know someone who does: Stephy Hogan. I got to meet her at CreativePro Week this year, so I know she will make this session lively, informative and fun.
Video, audio and other accessible media
I’ve learned a lot about accessibility over the past few years, but almost everything has to do with documents published in PDF or EPUB format. So, I know I have a lot (OK, pretty much everything) to learn about accessibility in audio and video. And I have complete confidence that Carie Fisher can tell me what I need to know. From her writings on accessibility, I know Carie is a great communicator and is 100% committed to doing her job right, so I can’t wait to hear what she has to say about accessibility. multimedia.
Creative (and accessible!) color
Color is one of the most fundamental tools a designer has to communicate a message. But what if your audience literally doesn’t see your colors the same way you do? The message may get lost. Fortunately, there are tools and standards we can use to ensure that the colors we choose are accessible to the widest possible audience. I know Colleen knows this topic like the back of her hand because she wrote all about it in Issue 149 of InDesign magazine. So I’m really looking forward to hearing his latest info on accessible color.
Laura Brady exudes an undeniable sense of calm confidence that only comes with deep expertise and experience. I liken his work on accessible EPUBs to the surgeon at a top notch hospital diagnosing and fixing what’s wrong and giving you the prescription to keep you out of trouble in the future. Not only that, but Laura has a way of making accessibility… cool. Not just something you have to do, something you want to TO DO.
We’ll see each other there!
Of course, there is still more to The Design + Accessibility Summit. With over 20 sessions by world-class speakers, this will be an incredible event. I hope you will join us online from November 29th to December 2nd. You can read about all the great topics and speakers and register here.