Category Archives: Accessibility

A dark pattern is “a user interface that has been carefully crafted to trick users into doing things, such as buying overpriced insurance with their purchase or signing up for recurring bills” Wikipedia Most dark patterns follow the definition above, they’re there to trick you into doing something. Think Ryanair around 2011. Those £5 flights end up being £50 […]

Twitter recently had a soft launch of a new feature. You can now post “voice tweets” (currently restricted to iOS). Not gonna lie, I don’t see the point of this feature. Nine times out of ten my phone is set to mute and I don’t even watch Instagram stories with the sound on. I do […]

Like most people in IT, I use Slack at work. It’s excellent. There’s GIFS, and integrations like Google Drive, Jira, BitBucket, and Outlook (if you’re that way inclined). But like most bits of software – its got its faults. Never mind that you can’t reply to a thread with a GIF even though that would […]

Like a mythic beast rising from a loch – many designers, developers, and product owners seem to treat accessibility as a giant, unknown entity who will drag your project down into the depths of missed deadlines and over budget crisis. Which all sounds lovely and terrifying but its not exactly what I’d call accurate. Isn’t […]

Falling under the “its 2019 and I can’t believe we’re still having to say this” category, I really can’t believe we’re still having to say this but… Accessibility isn’t optional Me – all the time. The legislation In the UK, accessibility of a website is kinda required by law. The Equality Act (2010) makes it […]

Accessibility is one of those things you got taught at uni. You sat through the same tired lecture about door-frames which were too narrow, teapots which didn’t pour properly, and how colourblind people can’t tell the difference between red and green. What didn’t seem to get covered much, was actually how to *do* accessibility. So […]