Last week I went to the excellent Pixel Up! conference. I got in at the last minute as a volunteer, which mostly meant handing out badges and telling people where the toilets where :) (but I also drove the Twitter on day 2). I didn’t manage to sketchnote, but I did scribble down some key things and themes I picked up.
Just do it
A theme that came up a few times was to just do it. A few of the speakers told us not to wait for permission but to go ahead and fix things. For some things, speakers recommended doing that by being an undercover hero.
I was really happy to see Inclusive Design being a shared topic across so many of the talks. It’s something I care deeply about (see Inclusive Design What Ifs, Disability as a continuum and Inclusive Design and Accessibility from earlier this year).
The speakers talked about how:
- control is an illusion and how we should design for the real world and real people;
- we embed biases in products;
- we should be more aware how and when people access our stuff.
We can build a better web. To really change our products we need to change ourselves and change the way we build things. One way to do that is to embrace Inclusive Design: it helps everyone.
And again? :)
I hope Pixel Up! comes back to Cape Town soon. And I am seriously considering heading back up to Jo’burg for Source Up! in September. Flights and accommodation
do bump up the overall cost, though.