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When your work and life excite you, it’s hard to keep it to yourself. Our blog is just part of a larger discussion we’re having on Twitter, Facebook, and in communities all over the web.

Jessica Paris

A few months ago, a local company came to Pixo, blindsided with a web accessibility lawsuit. The settlement claimed “substantial access barriers” on their website which made it “impossible for our clients and similarly situated stakeholders to access the site’s privacy-related information and legal terms and conditions, and to exercise privacy and legal choices available to persons who enjoy full access to the website. ” Not only did the settlement ask for “injunctive relief, and reasonable attorney’s fee and costs,” they also requested extensive remedial measures to the company’s website and web practices, including assessment, training, user-testing, monitoring, and other policy and programming measures.

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Lindsey Gates-Markel

In August of 2015, Pixo started the discovery phase of redesigning the website for the College of Applied Health Sciences (AHS) at the University of Illinois Chicago. By the time we wrapped up Phase I of the project, Pixo’s director of UX, Melinda, and I felt like we knew the college really well. We’d talked to about 175 people associated with AHS through questionnaires, workshops, and a lot of interviews.

Lindsey Gates-Markel

Earlier this year, I (along with millions of other well-intentioned folks) read the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by organization expert Marie Kondo. The basis of Kondo’s theory is that every item we own should “spark joy” within us. She proposes a system for paring down our belongings so that when we look around our homes, we feel inspired by what we see.

Landi Lark

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It’s that time again. I’m thinking about personas. Well, I guess, I’m always thinking about personas, but right now I’m thinking about creating them for a particular project.

Landi Lark

In our previous accessibility post, Choosing ARIA Landmarks: Get Your Semantics Right, we discussed how blueprints can help our developers implement the proper ARIA structure for their sites and applications. One of these blueprints is an ARIA overlay, which groups content on the wireframe and labels them with ARIA landmarks that should be included to maximize accessibility for all users. The availability of landmarks allows users of assistive technology to use a keyboard shortcut to quickly navigate through the page.

Shawna Culp

If you’re a Google-lover like I am, you no doubt know how awesome Gmail is. You probably also know how awesome Gmail can be, but have been too overwhelmed by all of the possible configurations to take advantage of them. Below are a few tips that I’ve discovered to make Gmail (and my life) better.

Lindsey Gates-Markel

Though I’d never worked as a content strategist before applying to work at Pixo, I did my research on the company like a seasoned pro (or at least someone proficient in Google), and before long, I couldn’t stop reading about Lori Gold Patterson, the CEO of Pixo. I told my girlfriends about her, who were similarly impressed, and soon we spoke often of the familiar “Lori,” a legend who only needed one name: Lori started Pixo. Lori encourages women in tech.

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