This Tuesday, the very first World Interaction Design Day (IxDD) will be held. The collaboration between the Interaction Design Association (IxDA) and Adobe will see more than 60 events happen around the world, all with the aim of showing how interaction design improves the human condition.
The theme for the inaugural event is Advancing diversity and Inclusion in design. It’s designed to challenge the interaction design community on how they look at issues such as culture, age and ability, and how that’s reflected in their work.
Designing for every person, regardless of their ability, is a core part of accessibility and inclusive design. Considerations of ability and new technology were significant factors in the recent extension of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) to version 2.1, which the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) made a formal recommendation in June 2018.
We at Intopia are proud to be a part of the first World Interaction Design Day, and are contributing to both Australian events on Tuesday 25 September.
Our Accessibility Services Director Sarah Pulis will be one of a four-person panel at a Sydney panel event, run by IxDA Sydney.
Other panellists include freelance UX researcher Ashlea McKay, CEO for the Centre of Inclusive Design Dr Manisha Amin, and Meera Pankhania, who is currently heading up service design practice at the Digital Transformation Agency.
Melbourne’s event consists of a series of lightning talks, as well as a panel discussion. The event is being run by the Melbourne Web Accessibility and Inclusive Design Meetup.
Lightning talks are:
- Good, Better, Best – a pragmatic way to approach Accessibility (Amir Ansari, Transpire)
- A11y testing a multichannel form wizard (Vernon Fowler, State Library)
- Access for all (Melissa Coltzau, REA Group)
- Louise Long – Service Design Centre, Today
- Dion Wise – Lemonade
- Laura Edwards – Metro Trains Melbourne
The panel will be moderated by our Director of Accessible Technologies, Adem Cifcioglu.
Intopia will be tweeting throughout the day, and at the Sydney panel event, using the hashtag #IxDD.