The numeronym “a11y” stands for digital accessibility. My interest is not primarily technical accessibility, but the overall mindset, processes and practices of designing an inclusive and universally useful digital future.
The application of design methods and philosophy on legal processes and artifacts is an emerging discipline in law, with plenty of yet undiscovered territory. I am most excited about the touch points with interaction design – using the interactive nature of digital tools in legal contexts.
Designing with privacy in mind – not just in a legal sense, but respecting human beings natural interest in controlling their data and considering the societal impact of privacy invasions – is at the core of all I do.
The non-use of digital technology – with all its forms, motivations and consequences – has been one of my key research interests for well over a decade. I am particularly fascinated as I increasingly encounter a tight-woven overlap with #a11y and #privacy.
Digital technology consumes electricity. Any form of computation hence comes with a CO2 footprint. As the climate crisis escalates, debates about being conscious of this impact – at small scale as well as globally – is both highly relevant and very interesting.
Usability is key for designing successful digital products and services. In my research and practice usability is inseparably intertwined with #a11y and #nonuse.
My pet projects are commonly about issues I care about in my work at large (e.g. privacy, accessibility, human-friendly design). These are either independent projects or spin-offs from client projects.
The Indieweb describes itself as “a people-focused alternative to the ‘corporate web’”. It’s a grassroots movement, with activists all around the globe working on open web solutions to maintain content ownership and control while enabling social interaction between individuals.
A lot of the small tools and solutions I design are released under permissive open source licenses to enable others to contribute to and build upon my work. Most of my code is available on Github.
Posts related to past and upcoming public talks at conferences, meetups or as a podcast guest. I also post video recordings, slides and transcripts of my talks here.
In a talk from 2018 (presented at Webkongress Erlangen, WUD Hamburg and GUIDesign Berlin), I used the concept of “Privacy UX” to showcase how data-awareness should be a part of the UX process, just as any other user-centered aspect. In earlier years - as far back as 2014 - I have been using the term “privacy-aware design” for a similar philosophy.
Kirby is my go-to CMS for projects big and small. When I create something that may be of use for others, I enjoy sharing to give back to the always helpful and friendly community.