Jenny Lanier

UX Designer at IBM Cloud

By day, Jenny is a Design Lead and UX/Visual Designer working on IBM Cloud. By night, she is still a designer but you can find her pursuing her other passions like astrophotography, learning about sharks, and fundraising for animal rescues in her community.

Jenny studied Advertising at Southern Methodist University and later earned her MFA in Graphic Design at Savannah College of Art and Design.

In addition to her immediate design team, she collaborates with offering managers, architects, and front and back end developers to design infrastructure offerings for IBM's Virtual Private Cloud suite. Through her experience at IBM she has become more educated and passionate about accessibility in web and software design.



Tactile Wire-framing: Designing for accessibility with accessibility in mind

Designers often think of accessibility as a box to check before shipping a product. But what does it mean to be delightfully accessible instead of hitting the benchmark of accessibility best practices?

Furthermore, how can we better incorporate accessibility into the design process and enable those with visual impairments to provide feedback earlier? Today, visually impaired users can only provide feedback with a developed application that is compatible with a screen reader. By that time, many changes would require code refactoring, which would increase company expenses and delay improvements. Excluding valuable input from vision impaired users, a group of almost 300 million people, due to technical limitations is unacceptable and can be mitigated by the process we have developed through IBM Design Thinking.