About Me

Basics

I’m Laura Kalbag, a designer and British person, now living in Cork, Ireland. I wrote a book about web accessibility called Accessibility For Everyone. You can buy it in paperback or ebook from A Book Apart.

I’m one third of Ind.ie, a tiny two-person-and-one-husky not-for-profit working for social justice in the digital age. At Ind.ie, we work on building a more ethical web, make a web privacy tool called Better, and follow the Ethical Design Manifesto.

How do I pronounce Kalbag?

My surname is Kalbag. It is pronounced cal as in calories, and bag as in… bag.

I am a designer

As part of a tiny team, I do a lot under the title of designer. Aral and I work together on the holistic design of Ind.ie. I work on everything from graphic design to web development while learning how to run a sustainable social enterprise.

My work means I’m always striving to make privacy and broader ethics in technology accessible to a wide audience. You can typically find me making design decisions, writing CSS, nudging icon pixels, or distilling a privacy policy into something humans can understand. Sometimes, I speak at conferences and write articles, too.

Principles

Honest, sustainable, and independent design is important to me. I believe the web should be owned and controlled by the people who use it, and we who create technology should do so ethically and responsibly.

I also speak and write regularly about the importance of accessibility and diversity in the tech and design industries. I first became interested in the web because I loved how it made information and shared experiences available to (almost) everybody. I want to work for a web that is equally accessible to all people. And to do that, our industry must be as diverse as the people who use what we create.