At Women Talk Design, we’re highlight women and nonbinary speakers — both so event organizers can better discover them and so folks who are under-represented on stage can be inspired to raise their hands to speak.
This week we spoke with Regine Gilbert, a user experience designer, educator, author and international public speaker with over 10 years of experience working in the technology arena. Regine has a strong belief in making the world a more accessible place—one that starts and ends with the user.
Early this year Regine released her first book, ‘Inclusive Design for a Digital World: Designing with Accessibility in Mind (Design Thinking)
“As a creator in the modern digital era, your aim should be to make products that are inclusive of all people.”– Regine Gilbert
During our interview, Regine shared with us her experience as a designer and how she brings it to her speaking career. Check it out!
Why do you speak?
Since design touches all of our lives, I speak to communicate my design experiences and how we can make it more accessible for everyone.
Tell us about your first speaking engagement.
I started speaking in 2016. The first time I spoke was at the UXCamp in Washington, DC.
What topics are you most excited to speak about right now?
Accessibility and inclusion. And I would like to see more folks talking about those topics as well.
What advice would you give to new speakers?
The only way to get better at something is to practice. We learn by doing and it’s good to find a group like Toast Masters to get practice. Find a place where you can feel comfortable speaking and receive healthy and constructive feedback.
What are your tips for how we can improve UX Design education in 2020?
- Look at what’s happening in design around the world – look beyond what you are currently designing.
- Learn about accessibility and inclusion and see how it applies to your designs.
- Design is never done – continue to learn and improve on things to create more inclusive experiences.
Check out Regine at her next speaking engagement in April 2020 at the Information Architecture Conference in New Orleans.
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