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SXSW Interactive 2015

QX: Designing for Queer Audiences

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and otherwise Queer (LGBTQ) people are experiencing historic gains in equality and unprecedented visibility in media. So why does design for the LGBTQ community still kind of suck?

LGBTQ nonprofits and businesses trying to get queer dollars both come up short in creating visuals that speak to the queer community or experiences that truly welcome non-binary or fluid sexual and gender identities.

We'll talk about how (if?) designing for LGBTQ people is different from designing for everybody else, how design issues like responsive design and accessibility affect LGBTQ users, and how we can queer our future designs.

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  1. Does designing for LGBTQ audiences really differ from designing for everybody else?
  2. What are some examples of queer design done well; what are some cringe-worthy missteps?
  3. How do LGBTQ identities tie into other design issues such as responsive design and accessibility?
  4. How do we create space for non-binary and fluid sexual and gender identities in digital systems that prefer the use of checkboxes?
  5. How can we appeal to a wide range of sexual and gender identities without falling into tropes like "Lesbians Touching Foreheads" stock photography?



John Hanawalt, Senior Visual Designer, Elefint Designs

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  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Solo
  • Track: Diversity and Emerging Markets
  • Level: Intermediate
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