Multisensory Design: Accessibility as a Creative Practice for Designers

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Some users perceive information best through sight, some through hearing, others through touch or a combination of sensory modalities. While WCAG requires web content be accessed through text-to-speech and dynamic braille, we often overlook the opportunity to incorporate more creativity in our accessible design practice. Multisensory design is a creative approach that leverages all the senses in our interfaces—smell, touch, taste, hearing, sight—and explores how they can be combined to bring joy and delight to people’s lives. In this talk, attendees will be introduced to examples of multisensory design projects and how they can apply accessibility as a creative practice in their own work.