Recap: Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2017

attendees seated at high-top tables, listening to introduction of speakers

Refresh Detroit’s fourth annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day event was a smashing success!

We were fortunate to have two speakers from event sponsor Deque Systems, a leader in accessibility software and testing. UX designer Caitlin Geier started us off with her five keys to designing for accessibility. Continue reading

Connect with University of Michigan School of Information: October 27, 2012

University of Michigan School of Information (UMSI) is hosting Connect with UMSI, an informative session for prospective Master of Science in Information and doctoral program students.

The event is October 27, from 1:00pm to 5:00pm in the Rackham Graduate School (next to North Quad) in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The Master of Science in Information program includes students who are studying:

  • human-computer interaction
  • archives and preservation
  • information management
  • library and information science
  • information analysis and retrieval
  • social computing

UMSI also offers a new Master’s program in Health Informatics, where students learn how information can improve health care. UMSI Ph.D. students are working to better the field of information by working with top scholars to explore information through research.

If you plan to attend Connect with UMSI, register at UMSI Connect website.

September Event – Special Guest Speaker: Brad Colbow

In design, the user experience is paramount and getting the little details right can make a huge difference. In this presentation Brad talks about his experience designing interfaces for mobile devices and looking at how little changes can have a big impact on how we use them. You will be introduced to the world of human interface guidelines for mobile devices.

  • What can we learn by comparing and contrasting the guidelines of these mobile players and how can we incorporate it into our apps and websites?
  • What are the main differences in developing for these platforms and what do user experience designers need to take into account before starting a project?
  • Should you focus on building an app or make your website mobile friendly instead?

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Cost: Free (free parking, too)


Thanks to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan for hosting our September event. We’ll be meeting in downtown Detroit at:

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
600 East Lafayette Street
Detroit, MI map | parking at BCBSM (free)

Registration is required. Please register before 10am September 18.

About Brad

Brad Colbow is creative director at Designing Interactive in Cleveland Ohio. Brad is an award-winning web designer, best known for his comics that are published monthly in .Net magazine and “The Brads” a (almost) weekly strip found on his personal website. His work has appeared on the New York Time’s website, CNET, Smashing Magazine and elsewhere. You can find out more about him and his work on his website

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