Eric Maslowski—the manager of the UM3D Lab—was recently invited to speak at the HighEdWeb Regional Conference in Flint, Michigan. The HighEdWeb association holds annual conferences around the United States catering to web professionals in higher education (programmers, developers, communicators, designers etc.) who are interested in exploring current web issues at colleges and universities.
At the conference (which took place in Flint, Michigan May 20-21, 2013) Eric gave a presentation entitled “Mouth Sticks to Full Control: Accessibility Concerns for Mobile Application” about accessibility in interface design, particularly in small, mobile devices. Eric defined and identified “Five Guidelines of Accessible Design” used during development of applications. Such guidelines include: Single action mechanics, favoring cognitive challenges over reflex, short swipes to increase accuracy, single taps vs. double taps, and knowing where the line is. Eric gave examples of each, outlining what additional development and design challenges accompany them, and explained exceptions to these guidelines.
The UM3D lab congratulates Eric on his presentation and his innovative discoveries on accessibility and user-interface design!