Building Accessible Design Systems

June 25, 6:00 - 9:00PM

Join us for a conversation on evolving design systems to be inclusive, accessible, and empowering for all users and cross-functional teams. 

Design systems leaders from Google, Lyft and LinkedIn will share their methods and learnings on how to design a system around situations, how quality principles and guidelines adapt, why accessibility, legibility, and tap targets matter, and how to tackle your design system from a situational perspective.


ABOUT THE TALKS:
 

Raising the bar of your design system

We all know how design systems benefit teams and users by driving consistency and saving time. A design system that considers accessibility early on can increase the value of the system as well as raise the bar on the quality of design. 

In this talk Jen will share how bake accessibility into a design system from the beginning along with examples of how designing for accessibility can improve overall design.

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Design Systems for All Users & Situations

Respected design systems like Apple’s Human Interface Guidelines and Google’s Material Design cover best practices for the most common user situation: focused on their phone, holding it about 12” away. But how do we adjust that guidance when our user is trying to maneuver a car through a busy city following instructions to pick up a stranger through 2 second glances at a phone mounted 24” away?

Linzi will share how Lyft went about designing a system around situations, how their quality principles and guidelines adapt, why accessibility, legibility, and tap targets matter, and how you can begin to tackle your design system from a situational perspective.

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Falling Into the Pit of Success

Design systems can be viewed as the bedrock foundation for accessibility, but can instead be a house of cards if not built inclusively from the ground up. Understanding and appreciation for accessibility and inclusion can vary wildly from team to team. No matter where your organization is with regards to accessibility, or the scale of your team, your design system has an incredibly important role to play in realizing the potential for your products to create bridges rather than barriers. 

In this talk, Nate will be sharing practical examples on how to approach technical accessibility for your system and tips on how to leverage your system for the greatest accessibility impact in your organization. 

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THE SCHEDULE:
  • 6:00 - 6:30 Check-in & Networking. Food & Drinks will be provided

  • 6:30 - 7:40 Talks

  • 7:40 - 8:30 Practical session - partnered work led by Linzi Berry

  • 8:30 - 9:00 More Networking

We will open the evening with three talks discussing methods and learnings on how to go about designing accessible systems.

The session will then move to partnered work led by Linzi Berry, Design Systems Lead at Lyft. Various accessibility scenarios are put up on a slide. We will pair into teams. Each pair must practice working through these scenarios while analyzing an app on accessibility mode. After the partnered work, the group will come back together and discuss their challenges as well as what worked well for them.