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.
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.