In 2010 Ethan Marcotte coined responsive design for all of us to consume content on small (at first) devices without losing our eye-sight. He did not quite phrase it like that, even though he definitely addressed that.
In 1808 Italian Pellegrino Turri designed a typewriter for Countess Carolina Fantoni da Fivizzano, his blind lover, to write him letters when he was away.
That is accessible design, and it paved the way for responsive design in more than one way. We are now bashing mouse-only interactions because they don’t have a place in our responsive, touch-friendly new world. Except it never had a place in any world, accessibility guidelines have advocated for keyboard accessibility (the cornerstone to any accessible interface) long before responsive design – keyboard accessible = no mouse-only interactions = touch accessible.
In this presentation, George Zamfir will show you how you can literally change your users’ lives with responsive design. He will discuss why accessible design is important and draw some surprising parallels between responsive and accessible design.