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Design, Digested 33 – Accessibility, sustainability, climate crisis

The difficulty of travelling for disabled people, the history of user interfaces, carbon footprinting and more.

Design, Digested 33 – Accessibility, sustainability, climate crisis

The history of user interfaces

From Xerox Alto (1973) to Mac OS X Snow Leopard (2007), and everything in between.

🔗 Read the article (on Victor Ponamariov’s website)

Designing Toast Messages for Accessibility

Toast messages are a great way to report transient statuses and messages that are not critical. However, for a small visual element, there are a large number of accessibility considerations, writes Sheri Byrne-Haber.

🔗 Read the article (on Medium)

I have done some quick practical testing and research about cookie consents accessibility, usability and also some testing with search engines – on some websites in Europe, to see what are consequences of cookie consents for users, owners and search engines, writes Bogdan Cerovac.

🔗 Read the article (on Bogdan Cerovac’s website)

‘I have to plan for if I am stranded, if I am dropped, if my chair is damaged’: the perils of travelling while disabled

Using trains or planes can be fraught with difficulty and danger for disabled people, from being forgotten about at stations to being unable to use the toilet on long flights.

🔗 Read the article (on The Guardian)

Whose idea was carbon footprinting?

[…] when pressure to tackle climate change started rising in the 1990’s, the fossil fuel industry also looked for ways that they could shift the problem onto other people’s shoulders. And this is where we find the term “carbon footprint“ creeping in to our vocabulary, writes Tom Greenwood.

🔗 Read the article (on Substack)

Greta Thunberg on the climate delusion: ‘We’ve been greenwashed out of our senses. It’s time to stand our ground’

Governments may say they’re doing all they can to halt the climate crisis. Don’t fall for it – then we might still have time to turn things around, writes Greta Thunberg.

🔗 Read the article (on The Guardian)

Why I left algorithm-based social media and what happened next

Per Axbom wrote a blog adaptation of a recent 15-minute talk he was asked to do at an Ambition Empower event. Having noticed that I am no longer on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or LinkedIn people are naturally curious as to my reasoning and how this works for a small business owner, he writes.

🔗 Read the article (on Per Axbom’s website)

I listen to color

Artist Neil Harbisson was born completely color blind, but these days a device attached to his head turns color into audible frequencies. Instead of seeing a world in grayscale, Harbisson can hear a symphony of color – and yes, even listen to faces and paintings.

🔗 Watch the video (on TED)

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