kelsey scherer

kelsey scherer

new york city product design manager, buzzfeed Joined over 4 years ago

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  • Posted to AMA: Vox Product Accessibility Guidelines, in reply to nb birds , Aug 31, 2016

    Hi Natalie!

    In terms of visual design vs user interface design, all of that is grouped under the Design heading, because at Vox Media we categorize product design, user experience design, and visual design all under one design group.

    We didn’t include every single accessibility guideline in our checklist, as they don’t all make sense in a checklist format. Viget’s interactive wcag was a big inspiration to us, and you can see guidelines there filtered by UX responsibilities, as well as design responsibilities.

    In terms of how they are distributed between Vox Media's different brands, our product team is a centralized team that works across all of our brands, so this is our internal documentation and our checklist website are shared resources that people from all teams can access.

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  • Posted to AMA: Vox Product Accessibility Guidelines, in reply to Leanne Macaspac , Aug 31, 2016

    In terms of integrating accessibility best practices into the design process, it definitely depends on the type of work you are doing, and what process you are following. I’d recommend keeping general accessibility standards (or our handy checklist!) nearby as you design and keep the standards fresh in your mind. As you design different elements, you can refer to standards for each element. For example, if you are wireframing a form, refer to standards around form design, but if you are selecting brand colors, refer to contrast tests and set specific standards around how and when the colors are applied to different backgrounds.

    Accessibility should be thought about early and often, and throughout every part of a project. It’s not just something you check for at the very start or very end of a project.

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