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Designing Websites for an Aging Population: Toward Universal Design

  • 22 Oct 2015
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • OCADU, 49 McCaul Street (north of Queen St.), Inclusive Design Research Centre
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Designing Websites for an Aging Population: Toward Universal Design 

Date: Thursday October 22, 2015, 7:00PM
 Networking starts at 6:45pm, Presentation starts at 7pm
Location: OCADU, 49 McCaul Street (Inclusive Design Research Centre)
North of Queen Street, Google Maps link
Pay surface parking across McCaul on West side.
Entrance at south side of streetcar loop on McCaul

 Free. Please RSVP.  Come and see what ToRCHI is all about, and if you like these presentations, join ToRCHI for $20/year membership. 
Jeff Johnson

If a website’s target audience includes adults 55+, certain aspects of the site’s design become more important. This talk describes age-related factors that affect ability to use the Web, and presents web design guidelines that reflect the capabilities, usage patterns, and preferences of older web users.  Features:
• demographics of users of online services, by age
• age-related factors affecting ability to use computers and the Web,
• common web-design problems that decrease the usability of websites for older adults,
• design guidelines that can help web designers avoid these common pitfalls.
Intended audience: Web designers and developers of all levels. Also: Q/A engineers, Web usability testers, and managers.

Talk Slides

Bio: Jeff Johnson is President and Principal Consultant at UI Wizards, Inc., a product usability consultancy (  He also is a co-founder and principal at Wiser Usability, Inc., a consultancy focused on usability and accessibility for adults over 50.  After earning B.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Yale and Stanford Universities, he worked as a UI designer and implementer, engineer manager, usability tester, and researcher at Cromemco, Xerox, US West, Hewlett-Packard Labs, and Sun Microsystems.  In 1990, he co-chaired the first Participatory Design conference, PDC'90.  Since 2004 he has served on the SIGCHI U.S. Public Policy Committee.  He has taught at Stanford University and Mills College, and in 2006 and 2013 he taught HCI as an Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand.  He is an ACM Distinguished Speaker, and in 2014 was inducted into the ACM SIGCHI Academy.  He has authored or co-authored many articles and chapters on Human-Computer Interaction, as well as the books GUI Bloopers, Web Bloopers, GUI Bloopers 2.0, Designing with the Mind in Mind, Conceptual Models: Core to Good Design (coauthored with Austin Henderson), and Designing with the Mind in Mind, 2nd edition.

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