Get to know Chris, Lead Accessibility Consultant
What was the most exciting thing that happened yesterday/this week/this month?
Over the last month, seeing Target’s design system come to life with a collection of reusable web components. All the components and design tools are vetted and documented for accessible use. This was the “source-of-truth” type of library we have been iterating towards for the last couple of years. It’s also fostering a design and engineering culture that thinks even more deeply about accessibility, speed, efficiency, and quality.
Who/What should every designer be reading/following right now?
Anything that helps us think beyond our own assumptions about the world around us. A couple books that have had a great impact on me: The Power of Different by Gail Salts, MD and The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabella Wilkerson.
What’s your greatest accomplishment in your career at Target so far?
Joining the Accessibility Team. Truly. I’ve been so challenged and sharpened through what I’ve been learning and leading during the last 5 years. I want to be involved in this work for a long time.
What is the best thing about being an Accessibility Consultant?
Making the topic of accessibility… accessible! Helping teams within Target understand what it means and how to fuse that level of user experience with all their other inspirations, processes, and approaches.
What is your favorite thing about working at Target?
The absolutely smart, creative, and down-to-earth people I get to work alongside. Additionally, the impact of our accessibility efforts goes far beyond Target. I believe we’re raising the universal standard of what it means to design and build accessible digital experiences.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
A Correlian smuggler turned hero of a Rebellion. Also, a Force-sensitive Jedi Master. But mostly, a truck driver like my dad.
Best career advice that you’ve received?
“I’ve found that just letting the appropriate people know what you want can open opportunities for you.”
Dogs or cats?
A couple years ago, my daughter charmed us into getting a Yorkie-Poo. It’s a kind of a super tiny dog-cat-hamster. So… both + hamster?
What is your superpower/unicorn flavor?
Superpower – I’m a wicked-awesome basement storage organizer.
Unicorn flavor – these days it contains less sugar, but more caffeine.