Please Touch the Art: 3-D Printing Helps Visually Impaired Appreciate Paintings. At 90, She's Designing Tech For Aging Boomers : All Tech Considered. Barbara Beskind, 90, is a designer at IDEO who works with engineers on products that improve the quality of life for older people.
Nicolas Zurcher/Courtesy of IDEO hide caption itoggle caption Nicolas Zurcher/Courtesy of IDEO Barbara Beskind, 90, is a designer at IDEO who works with engineers on products that improve the quality of life for older people. Nicolas Zurcher/Courtesy of IDEO In Silicon Valley's youth-obsessed culture, 40-year-olds get plastic surgery to fit in. Barbara Beskind says her age is an advantage. "Everybody who ages is going to be their own problem-solver," she says. "People where I live fall a lot," she says, adding, "For a friend of mine, I tried to design air bags of graded sizes that would be activated at a lurch of 15 degrees.
" Beskind says she started designing when she was 8 years old — toys, of course. "Well, in the Depression, if you can't buy toys, you make 'em, " she says. After 44 years, she retired as a major and then went into private practice. December: Haptic shapes using ultrasound. My Experience Designing for the Blind. My Experience Designing for the Blind Research, Design, and Prototyping At Purdue, there is a program called EPICS in which students can work with real world clients to engineer products to be used in the community at large.
In my Interaction Design class this semester, one of our projects was to work with an EPICS team to provide a IxD perspective to their product. The workflow, from what I have seen in EPICS this semester, is usually get a brief from a client, build a prototype, give it to the client, change the prototype according to their feedback, and repeat until it is good enough.
My job was to shake it up by talking the the users before any products are designed in the first place. I was able to pick between a number of projects, but the one that caught my eye was called a “Braille e-Reader.” As a bit of background, a product exists called the Apex Braillenote (seen on the left) that provides one line of 36 cells for a user to read documents one line at a time. Form Usability: Getting 'Address Line 2' Right. While ‘Address Line 2’ may seem like an insignificant aspect of an e-commerce design or overall form design, we have observed this form field to be the cause of bewilderment and uncertainty for users during both our checkout usability and mobile e-commerce research studies.
Now, it should be noted that ‘Address line 2’ was never observed to be the direct cause of checkout abandonments during any test sessions. Poor ‘Address line 2’ designs did however contribute to a sub-par form filling experience during both studies, as the test subjects spent excessive time filling out forms or typed correct input in a wrong field, resulting in needless validation errors and warnings. Given how easy it is to design a user-friendly and unambiguous ‘Address line 2’ field, it’s worth taking a moment to fix it – it really is one of those low-hanging fruits in checkout and form design. In this article we’ll therefore go over 5 tips to get the ‘Address line 2’ right. 1) Understand Current Usage.
Animation for Attention and Comprehension. Accessibility: The Missing Ingredient. Once upon a time, I treated web accessibility as something of an extra.
Sure, my images had alt attributes. Yes, my anchors contained titles. I honored 508 compliance, too, but it was usually the last thing I did. The way I saw it, the cake was ready to eat; accessibility was the decorative icing to slather on at the end. Sadly, I wasn’t alone. Back in the late ’90s, web accessibility was primitive at best. As accessibility began to gather steam in 2004–2005, many developers and companies still paid little attention to the subject. Despite the now well-publicized and supported WAI-ARIA, a specification engineered specifically to help impaired users, we developers often do not implement it. A few months into my employment at IBM, the web application my colleagues and I had been devoting our weekly hours to had to satisfy a stringent accessibility checklist.
Before we begin#section1 Screen readers, like browsers, vary among vendors. Windows users#windows_users Mac users#mac_users Orca 1. 2. Deaf, Blind Sue Over Web Shopping - WSJ. How I use the iPhone as a blind person. Screen Reader Demo. BLIND TECH (Chrome Reader - Mobile Webpage Screen Reader) Assistive Technology for Blind Goes Mobile and User Friendly.