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A Stark Difference

Issue No. 78

Hey there friends,

We hope you're staying safe and healthy during these unsettling times. In hopes of keeping your minds occupied while we self-isolate, here are our recommended reads of the week.

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Around the web


Featured Article

The universal design is ideal.

“The material world in which individuals engage every day is shaped and reshaped through design – for better or worse. When entering a space, people have long been expected not only to compensate for but also to overcome their disabilities. But sometimes, no amount of ingenuity can overcome the mismatch between a given individual and a given space – and then, exclusion is the result.

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designs are abstractions that tell stories. Who is here, and who is not? Who gets where they’re going, and how much time and effort does it take? A design is an idea, and the real-world implementation of that design – the ways people interact in the material world – is the story. We have the ability to change the story about humanity by changing the design of our physical, digital and societal environments. Through design that forces us to face and actively grapple with assumptions and biases, the human world can be made more accessible, more inclusive and more humane.”

WOW. This is one of the best articles on accessible, inclusive, and universal design spanning across verticals, that has ever been written. You must must must read this.

Video

I listen to color.

"Artist Neil Harbisson was born completely color blind, but these days a device attached to his head turns color into audible frequencies. Instead of seeing a world in grayscale, Harbisson can hear a symphony of color -- and yes, even listen to faces and paintings."

Conference

A Future Date is set

Starting next Tuesday, April 21st, A Future Date will have three days full of accessibility and inclusive design talks that would otherwise have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They’re still filling in all the slots, but for now, they shared a sneak peek at the keynote speakers. (Hint: Lainey Feingold!)

It's free, run completely by volunteers, and all sessions will be captioned courtesy of 3Play Media.

You can subscribe to the Youtube channel where they’ll make more announcements and also host the actual virtual conference.

Article

When cancel buttons shouldn’t say “cancel”

It’s important to use button labels in congruence with the context of your app to give clarity to your actions. Incongruent labels confuse users and cause them to ponder decisions longer. But when the labels are congruent with the context, users decide faster because they’re more certain about what the buttons will do.

From Stark

✨Stark Spotlight

Hooray! So exciting to see Stark included in the 'Kickstart a Design System' category of Adobe XD. Building a design system *with* accessibility in mind from the beginning is key to the rest of the product. Grateful for all of you continually making this possible. 

🤓 Stark Pro-Tip

Turn your brightness down <60% or go stand outside in the sun—remember, most users are on mobile these days. Odds are high you can’t see this color or text anymore. Even with great vision. Light pink is a no-no for virtually everyone.

Thanks for surfacing this, James!

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