About Me

Basics

I’m Laura Kalbag, a designer and British person, now living in Malmö, Sweden. 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 citizens that use it, and we who create technology should do so ethically and responsibly. Someone at Google once called me a socialist (and considered it an insult…)

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.