Senior UX Designer with 5+ years experience and specialized in complex web application design. Achieved 15% increase in User Satisfaction and 20% increase in Conversions through the creation of features and interactions via user-centered design and validated through User Acceptance Testing (UAT) and data-driven analytics. I am looking to leverage my skills by bringing monetized and process improvements to your company as a UI / UX Designer or UI / UX Design Lead.
This presentation addressed issues around making eLearning content that is tailored for blind and visually-impaired learners. This was done by introducing participants to the non-sighted environment through an immersive virtual demonstration that provided a realistic perspective in the life of the non-sighted learner.
They learned how it is critical to know their audience, the equipment and software they use and the limitations that come with them. Along with this, they also learned how important it is to know how course development software publishes to avoid issues with their final product.
These guys clearly had a passion for the topic of accessibility. Thank goodness, because I think the low turnout for their session (there were only 6 con attendees in the room) would have thrown off less devoted speakers. Regardless of the tiny audience, they still put on a good show.
The session, due to length, was more about making us aware of the kinds of issues that can creep up in e-Learning when it needs to be accessed by someone using a screen reader like JAWS and a Braille display. They used a ton of in-class examples of real issues in standard Flash and Captivate projects and how you can fix them. Without going in to too much detail, I can basically sum up most of their advice as "Don't take quick shortcuts: sighted learners might not be able to tell, but learners using JAWS certainly will notice the difference because of how that software functions."
In general, I'm sad to note that even the speakers admitted that there aren't a lot of good solutions for making e-learning fully accessible and engaging for learners using screen readers. Unfortunately, in many cases the best option for now is to create an alternative text document of the training content for these learners to use instead. I was really hoping they'd have found some other solution I hadn't heard of yet, but clearly the tech hasn't caught up to the need yet.
Building software? Bill can take your requirements document and whip out a set of mockups to start the iterative design process.
Ready to put something in front of customers? Hire Bill to create a beautiful, inspired set of interactive prototypes. He'll even lead the usability testing.
Building your front-end in React.js? Add your baseline components, connect them to your data sources, then let Bill refine the React, HTML, and CSS to make your app exactly match your designs.
Oh, and did I mention Bill's a heck of an illustrator and graphic designer? It's rare to find a designer who can do it all, including design in code. The guy is full stack.
As if all that isn't enough, Bill is just one of the nicest, most conscientious people I know. He's always willing to help a teammate or pitch in wherever needed. He works his tail off and doesn't rest until he delivers a first class product.If you need a UI/UX/Web Designer and have an opportunity to work with Bill, take it. You'll be in good hands.