Kent Eisenhuth is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and author of Drawing Product Ideas, Kent has developed visual languages that improve collaboration, comprehension and decision making across a wide array of Google products including Fitbit, Google Cloud and Alphabet’s Loon. Kent leads Google’s Data Accessibility program. He previously led Google Cloud’s Data Visualization Program, and co-authored the data visualization specs for Material Design.
Kent’s work and ideas have appeared in many publications, including The Guardian, UXmatters, ACM journals and Smashing Magazine. His book, Drawing Product Ideas, delivers a new and exciting guide to effectively communicating product ideas by drawing simple shapes.
Kent has presented talks and ideas at many conferences such as IxDA’s Interaction, SXSW, The Israeli Visualization Conference, and he is a frequent guest lecturer at several universities in the United States.
Kai Chang has spent over ten years building visualizations as a design technologist and participating in the open-source community. Currently, he works as a UX Engineer at Google with a focus on datavis and accessibility.
In this article, we will explore how an accessibility-first approach can lead you down the path of creating a better visual design for charts. Throughout the article, you’ll learn to use the Web Content Accessibility Standards and how this approach leadd to an unexpected yet better outcome for everyone.