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“Accessible” Design Systems Don’t Guarantee Accessible Products

Accessibility is an Adopter’s Job Too, and They’ve Got Work To Do

System Adopters Make an Experience Accessible. And It Takes Work.

#1. Configure Individual Components for Accessibility

#2. Compose Components Together Accessibly

#3. Customize Their Own Components Accessibly, Too

On Cost, Success, and Getting to “Good Enough?”

Accessibility Belief Varies by Organization, Often Wildly

Is Perfect Accessibility Unrealistic? If So, What’s “Good Enough?”



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Nathan Curtis

Founded UX firm @eightshapes, contributing to the design systems field through consulting and workshops. VT & @uchicago grad.