FOWA - Day 1 (continued)
I'm really impressed with FOWA so far, the quality of the presentations has been very high and there's plenty to learn. Difficult to condense highlights into a digest, but the best two presentations have been:
- Robin Christopherson of AbilityNet talking about making web sites accessible. Enlightening and humbling to learn about the range of disabilities that web developers ought to consider when designing websites. Google has an exemplar track record in this area and, interestingly, have gone as far as creating a text-only version of Google Maps for the visually impaired (for details see my twitter feed).
- Daniel Burka, Creative Director for Digg, gave an awesome talk that was almost perfectly tailored for my current needs. I've recently been looking at experience design in the open source space (see blog postings here and here), and he encountered the exact same problem when redesigning Mozilla products a few years back. Major backlash! Obviously one should be sensitive to the likely reactions, and he gave some useful pointers as to what one can expect. Too much info to go into here, but I'll drop my notes as a comment in response to this blog post.
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