A deck of accessibility issues

Cross-posted from The Interconnected

Back in February, I wrote about the events that brought about the Alphabet of Accessibility post on The Pastry Box, and I hinted I might have a deck of cards to accompany it soon.

I opened the mail today and discovered that my prototype deck arrived. The Alphabet of Accessibility Deck is a real thing you can purchase with actual money from over at The Gamecrafter.

A box for the accessibility deck, with the deck, with letter z on top

I’m a little overwhelmed. When I wrote the original alphabet back in 2014, I certainly didn’t expect it would ever become a talk, much less a talk, a deck of cards, and a half-formed workshop.

But here we are, dragging the world forward kicking and screaming into the Century of the Anchovy, as Terry Pratchett would put it. And you can buy the deck and share it with your teams or your organizations or whatever you’d like.

Many thanks to Dylan Wilbanks, Jeff Eaton, Sarah Hoffman, Elaine Nelson, and Greg Dunlap (as well as many others!) for encouragement, sanity checks, and pointing me to The Gamecrafter. And all of my friends and family, who will continue to remain nameless, for their love, support, and well-earned right to complain about the things we still don’t get right when we design.

[insert tumbleweeds here]

A snowy mountain in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile with tumbleweeds on the desert-like plains in the foreground
Photo by Pablo García Saldaña on Unsplash

Yeah…. when I’m working on my fiction career over on kirabug.com and my UX nonfiction career over on The Interconnected, things get a little quiet over here.

Sorry about that.

Anyway, it’s not like I’ve been up to nothing, it’s just that it hasn’t been in the blog portion of the site… so if you didn’t see them already you might want to check out the An Event Apart DC notes I posted or maybe see what I’m doing on my wiki/brain dump thingie

And in a few minutes I’m going to be moving some UX-related book reviews over here because I don’t trust Goodreads to hold onto them forever :)

Now on The Interconnected: Exposure

On the 17th, I gave my first structured talk outside of the walls of whatever company I was working for. (I’ve talked quite a bit in the course of my career, but it was mostly for in-company presentations, projects, training, etc.)

It made me think about the question of exposure — that is, the things we do to make sure that other people notice us and our careers and what we’re capable of. For someone who works in-house their entire life, the sphere of influence is pretty much confined to the in-house work… but for those working in agencies or freelancing, the sphere of influence is necessarily much larger.

Now on The Interconnected: Measuring Morality

This week’s post is born from a conversation with a friend about how someone could believe what they did.

Morality is sticky business.

It’s actually a topic people have studied, which on one hand, no surprise, people have studied everything. On the other hand, I learned about the study of morality and systems of morality back in high school and it was such a bizarre experience that I thought it was worth writing about.

Now on The Interconnected: Content Management in Fiction: AKA damn that’s a lot of files

My job role is UX Designer, my career is as an Information Architect, and I love Design.

But really, somewhere deep inside, there’s still a fiction writer honing her craft in here.

In this week’s post for The Interconnected, I wrote about looking at exactly how many damned files one person can generate for one unpublished (and unfinished!) novel… and exactly what a mess I’ve made.

There’s a tiny part of me that hopes I never do hit it big, because I don’t want to hoist this mess off on some poor unsuspecting archivist in the future.