Speakers

Michael Crabb

Michael is a Lecturer at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. His early research focused on methods that can be used to design technology for older adults, with attention paid towards individual’s cognitive. His current work focuses on the user experience that is associated with accessible services, and currently examines the adaption of interactive experiences to place accessibility at their core.

Accessible Everyone

When we are designing services with accessibility in mind there are so many different things that we need to think about. Who benefits from an accessible system, what sort of challenges do we as developers and designers need to overcome, and…what is meant accessibility in the first place!?

This talk will introduce the concept of ‘accessible everyone’ where we can look at the permanent, temporary, and situational accessibility challenges that are faced by members of society. We’ll look at the similarities and differences that exist between these ideas and how we can use them to think about accessible services that can help everyone.

Graham Pullin

Graham is a designer, researcher, teacher and author of the manifesto Design Meets Disability (The MIT Press, 2009). He is senior lecturer in interaction design and product design at the University of Dundee, where he co-founded the Social Digital group and founded the Museum of Lost Interactions. Here his research is pioneering more expressive communication for people who cannot speak and currently find themselves limited by text-to-speech synthesis, through projects such as Six Speaking Chairs and a mid-career PhD entitled 17 ways to say yes. He is also exploring radical new materials for prosthetic hands: materials that do not imitate human skin, but are instead chosen for their aesthetic qualities, cultural resonances or personal significance.

Previously Graham was a studio head at design consultancy IDEO.

Accessibility and possibility

Accessibility is often––is usually––framed in terms of removing barriers and solving problems. And in the light of so much exclusion, this is of course a valid and important perspective. Yet there are other frames of mind in which to engage with inclusion: more open-ended; more open-minded. This talk will introduce examples of exploratory projects such as Social Sewing and the Inclusive Fashion & Design Collective, that open up new possibilities for access, to services and to each other.

Kiki MacDonald and Paul Ralph

Kiki MacDonald co-founded Euan’s Guide with her brother, Euan, after struggling to find reliable accessibility information on venues as Euan became a wheelchair user. The site was launched in November 2013 and now has coverage across the UK with a growing International presence. Prior to working on Euan’s Guide, Kiki was an Investment Manager at Standard Life.

Paul Ralph is Access and Inclusion Director at Euan’s Guide. Paul is a social entrepreneur, writer, web creator, and accessibility expert. Interested in ethical business, equalities, the social model of disability, and inclusion. His daily life is influenced by his being a disabled person.

Euan's Guide: using the accessibility of digital technology to connect people, places and possibilities

Kiki MacDonald and Paul Ralph will discuss the journey of building the disabled access review site, Euans Guide, including some of the challenges and opportunities that digital accessibility has brought. 

You!

Feedback on last year suggested that more conversation space would be a good thing. We put our heads together and came up with (aka shamelessly stole) the idea to have an open conversation session.

You propose the topics, you discuss what interests you, you feedback to the whole group - we may need to moderate the last bit and don't worry if you had some interesting discussions but don't like standing up in public; we will find a volunteer!

Open conversation

A space where you can discuss the topics you are interested in, ask questions, or just listen in if you prefer. Note that this is an experiment - we hope it works!

The idea is for you to propose discussion topics, we will arrange things so that each table has a topic of discussion at it and you can engage with whichever one you are interested in. You can also play a butterfly and flit between discussions, cross pollenating ideas. 

If we are inundated with topics (here's hoping) we will put up a voting sheet on the day.

Propose a topic of discussion

Heydon Pickering

Heydon is a utilitarian designer and writer. He chose web standards over Macromedia Flash about a decade ago and has never looked back. He works with The Paciello Group and Smashing Magazine. His book Inclusive Design Patterns is published by the latter.

Why Inclusive Design Is Like Cooking Curry

Cooking a good curry is superficially complex, and quite time consuming. There are a lot of ingredients and steps to remember. But once you've learned a few core principles, you start turning out a lot less flavorless gloop. With practice you can even get quite inventive, confident that no culinary disasters are imminent.

Susan Fulton

As well as being a Chartered member of RICS Susan was also a member of their Inclusive Environment Consultant Scheme. Susan holds a Master’s degree in Accessibility and Inclusive Design from the University of Salford. Other professional memberships include the National Register of Access Consultants (NRAC). Accessibility and Inclusive Design is important to Susan and current projects include providing Inclusive Design advice to two Scottish Universities and carrying out the Inclusive Design elements of the annual Civic Trust Awards. She is also a member of Network Rail’s BEAP (Built Environment Accessibility Panel) where together with disabled people / access experts Susan provides advice to designers at the earliest possible stage in the design process.

Design for Everyone

Susan will talk about the ethos of designing inclusively within our built environment and elaborating upon the reasons why inclusive schemes should be provided. She will also highlight some of the barriers facing both the designers and society. Susan will also provide examples of how designers can achieve an inclusive design.