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Featherstone & Friends: Inclusive Design and Color

Written by: Kim Phillips

Original Date: June 23, 2020

Color is an important design tool, but using it incorrectly can make your print or digital content inaccessible to many.

In this Featherstone and Friends Series webinar, Chief Experience Officer Derek Featherstone is joined by special guest Geri Coady. Geri is a self described color-obsessed illustrator and designer, and the author of Pocket Guide to Color Accessibility, and Color Accessibility Workflows.

Derek and Geri discussed:

  • The impact of color choices on people with visual disabilities
  • Best practices for choosing an accessible color palette
  • How accessible and beautiful design do not have to be at odds
  • Real-life examples of accessible and non-accessible color choices

Webinar resources include the recorded presentation and CART transcript.

About the Presenters

Derek Featherstone
Chief Experience Officer, Level Access

Derek is an internationally known speaker, practitioner and authority on accessibility and inclusive design. He has been working on the web since 1999, when he left his career as a high school teacher to start his own web design company. Derek is focused on ensuring that accessibility and inclusion are an integral part of creating outstanding customer experiences. He teaches teams accessibility concepts and skills, and leads hands-on workshops with teams of all sizes to  incorporate accessibility and inclusive design processes into UX and service design practice and development methodologies.

Geri Coady
Illustrator, Designer, and Author

Geri is a color-obsessed illustrator and designer from Newfoundland, Canada who now lives in Nottingham, UK. She is the author of Pocket Guide to Colour Accessibility published by Five Simple Steps, an occasional illustrator for A List Apart, and was voted net Magazine’s Designer of the Year in 2014. Geri has spoken at design and tech events around the world, including Smashing Conference and Future of Web Design.