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Big Design Conference 2012 and Empathy

Last month I visited Dallas, Texas, for the Big Design conference. It was my second year as an attendee, but first time as a speaker. I was very honored that Brian Sullivan and other conference organizers gave me the opportunity to give a talk.

I appreciated it very much that organizers made sure that the conference was accessible for deaf attendees and attendees with other disabilities. All four keynotes and all presentations in one of four tracks were open captioned by a CART writer that was hired by Big Design. Deaf attendees were provided with sign language interpreters for other presentations they were interested in that were not captioned, as well as for some social events.

The conference started with an opening keynote, “Big Umbrella of Inclusive Design”, by Sharron Rush, the co-founder and Executive Director of Knowbility. She addressed the issues of web accessibility and encouraged more web designers to consider them when working on projects. I liked her use of the quote by John Slatin: “Good design is accessible design.”


  1. You did a great job in your presentation, Sveta. I want to personally thank you for working for over one year on your presentation. You had support Jared Spool and Adam Polansky during the final stages of your presentation, too.

    A special note of thanks to Keith Anderson, who provided all of the music for the conference. We purposely left out music during your presentation, at your request. It added to the overall affect of your presentation, too.

    I hope you submit our talk to SxSW 2013 and other UX conferences. You did a great job!

  2. Sveta Sveta

    Thanks, Brian. Yes, I give credit to Jared Spool, Adam Polansky, and you as well as my family and friends for helping me with the presentation!

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