The UX newsletter for people on a mission
by Tamara Sredojevic

October 2021



Things to know

Stark is launching a Mac Beta

They didn't pay me to say this but oh my God this is big! Stark is launching on Mac to streamline accessibility compliance, save teams time, money, and effort through end-to-end collaboration. You'll be able to:

  • Import and sync design files
  • Inspect, assign, and rectify accessibility issues
  • Supercharge accessibility collaboration with your team
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How to hire people who understand accessibility

It's not easy to hire people who do things we're not particularly good at. Whether that thing is design, content or accessibility. Fear not, I found a great list of questions for you to ask in an accessibility interview. This should help you get the conversation started and see if that person will be a good fit for your project.

6 common caption mistakes

Quality captions matter. It turns out many people quit watching a video that isn't captioned properly. That’s because adding captions to a video is half of the formula for great captions. The other half is quality. You invest resources to create captioned videos. Don’t let those efforts go to waste with subpar captions. Here are the six common caption mistakes to avoid.

Things to do

Avoid rotating text

In general, rotating carousels and banners are a bad idea. They tend to have low conversion rates and create an effect called “banner blindness” where users ignore them. Dyslexic users tend to be slower readers, so having scrolling text is a double bad idea. Give your users the opportunity to go at their own pace and don’t force your pace on them with auto-rotating text.

Write short paragraphs

Short paragraphs and short sentences make it easier to read for everyone. That six-line paragraph on a desktop can double or triple in size on mobile. Walls of text can be difficult for anyone, but especially for people with dyslexia. Invest time in writing short sentences so your readers can better understand your content.

Don't rely on your search tool

Search tools in the navigation bar are a wonderful thing; however, do not rely solely on them when designing your site’s navigation for users to find what they need. Your dyslexic users are going to connect the dots a little differently than their peers. Even if your search tool is equipped to handle misspelling (which would be likely), you’re relying too heavily on the user to know what to search for.

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