Design Conversations is back for the Fall 2020 semester! We will be continuing our theme, For Whom? By Whom? Designs for Belonging, first launched in the Spring of 2019. This series investigates design’s blindspots and exclusions and invites guests to discuss the ways their work examines ideas around inclusivity.
Our final guest for the Fall series is Bryce Johnson, the Inclusive Lead Designer for Microsoft Devices, where he is devoted to ensuring Microsoft products are accessible for all. Bryce has been designing accessible experiences and technology for over 15 years. As a member of Team Xbox, he was part of the core team that started the inclusive design and accessibility practice. Bryce worked across Microsoft teams to launch the assistive technologies on the Xbox One, including Copilot. Bryce initiated and designed the first Inclusive Tech Lab at Microsoft, which has now hosted over six thousand visitors; it is a facility where people can explore how people with disabilities interact with Microsoft games, services, and devices. Bryce is one of the inventors of the Xbox Adaptive Controller ever since he was a lead on its project at the 2016 Microsoft One Week Hackathon.