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A Stark Difference

Issue No. 83

Hey there friends, here are our recommended reads of the week. If this was forwarded to you, sign up here! Got your coffee or tea ready? ☕️

Quality reads


Celebrating Global Accessibility Awareness Day!

Today, we're celebrating Global Accessibility Awareness Day! Our hope is to not only push innovation in accessibility even further, but use awareness to drive action of this important work. Make a stark difference.

Here are a few things we've learned along the way...

P.S. Scroll all the way down the twitter thread for a giveaway! 🥳

Image illustration from Michael McWatters


I am the user; I am not the user.

"This is when I remind myself that the more I like an idea, the more likely I am to ignore its faults. The beloved idea is the riskiest idea. This is when I remind myself that I am not the user."


Accessible design systems don't guarantee accessible products

"Instead, like most tasks of optimization, “enough” might be 70%? (or 90%? or 98%?) of audited and/or checklist requirements to form what seems objective measurement. Once you reach that threshold, can you declare success?."


Otter is a smart note-taking app that empowers you to remember, search, and share your voice conversations. Solid solution for user interviews. Folks talk about really loving the design, too.

The Stark lab


Win a free Stark t-shirt!

As a way to celebrate #GAAD, we're giving away five shirts! 🥳 Here are the rules:

✨ Share the most inspiring examples of accessibility work you've ever seen (anywhere).
🛠 Can be your own or another's work.
🏆 Winners are drawn & announced on June 1, 2020.

Good luck everyone! Submit using the link in our twitter thread above. We can't wait to see what you share. <3

Pro-Tip (Literally)

On Stark Pro?

With your Pro license you can access Stark Pro features in every tool Stark in, simultaneously, without impacting your account in the other.

Go ahead and plug your license into your second favorite design software. Bam! Magic. ✨ 

Community Love

UI Design 101

Kudos to Tregg, a designer that happens to have a colorblindness, for calling this out and pushing emphasis on people doing their job accordingly for him as a user. One thing that's often forgotten is that there's always a second number attached to a % when it comes to reading data. This is the Gap Instinct.

5% of anything seems small, but when we ask % of *what* we quickly realize the damage we're doing to our customers and company.

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