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Louisa Barrett

Turing School of Software and Design


Ruby not Red: Color Theory for the Rest of Us


This talk will be broken into 5 sections:

### 1) What is Color Blindness?

Explain common types of color blindness. This is to increase audience understanding and empathy, as well as provide context as to why this is something we need to be conscious of and work to improve our efforts to address it effectively.

### 2) The Color Wheel and Dangerous Color Combos

How to evaluate and avoid tricky color combinations, and how to make better color pairing decisions.

### 3) Typography, Text, and Legibility

How color, contrast, and size can impact a user's ability to read text.

### 4) UX Patterns

Which UI trends lend themselves to accessibility, and strategies for successfully adapting those that do not.

### 5) Links, Buttons, and Forms

Strategies for making these utilitarian elements more usable for everyone.

### Conclusion

Making choices that increase visual accessibility ultimately increase how usable our work -- and the web -- is for everyone.


About Louisa Barrett


Louisa is the Director of the Front-End Engineering program at the Turing School of Software and Design. She is the former director of Colorado for Women Who Code and past chapter leader for Girl Develop It Denver/Boulder. She began her career as an illustrator and graphic designer, and a passion for understanding people lead her to programming. She has a soft spot for UX, typography, and correcting students when they refer to an assignment operator as an ‘equals sign’.