UX Crunch: Inclusive Design

A London UX meetup focusing on design accessibility. Learn, connect and grow with the UX community, discovering how design can affect inclusiveness in the sociopolitical landscape.
Tuesday, 30th July 2019. 18:00 – 21:00. WeWork, 1 Fore Street Avenue, EC2Y 5EJ.

For both moral and legal reasons, inclusive design has always been a necessary part of a design to allow a product to reach its full potential. The UN estimates that more than 1 billion people around the world live with some form of disability and as populations age over the coming years, this number is set to rise.

With the current political and social landscape rapidly changing, it has never been more important to consider accessibility and inclusiveness.

Join us as we sit down for another fantastic evening of theoretical insight, case studies, discussions and more!



Ticket only event

Please make sure you purchased a ticket to secure your place! Price includes entry to the event, plus drinks (Beers, Wines, Soft Drinks) and Pizza!

Important please note – tickets are NON-REFUNDABLE as we have limited seating and have to purchase the correct amount of drink.


The UX Crunch

The UX Crunch‘ has quickly grown to become Europe’s leading UX event. We are revolutionising the way digital specialists network and improve their knowledge of the field. We host a range of monthly events in collaboration with leading companies in the UK, showcasing case studies and knowledge. Each event is totally different, and collaboration is the key to our success. We are always looking for new partners, so please get in touch for more information on how to get involved.
To find out more about what The UX Crunch is, click here. You can also join our meetup group.

Our Partners

Testing Time

TestingTime AG has been recruiting and supplying selected test users for user tests, interviews, focus groups, diary studies and online surveys since 2014.

There are no professional testers or “study junkies” in Testing Time’s pool. Their members know that they can only take part in tests at a maximum rate of one per month and one per customer. They also validate candidates over the phone and let customers rate test users to guarantee a high-quality panel. That’s why Testing Time’s online portal www.testingtime.comfrequently gets business from the likes of Zalando, Swisscom, Deloitte, UBS, AXA, Trivago and Heineken.


Knowit is a niche recruitment agency that specialises in building Product, Engineering & UX Design teams across London, Manchester and the USA. What makes them different? A community-driven approach, an emphasis on continuously learning about their respective markets and an unparalleled network. Knowit’s unique process doesn’t just build your team or find you the right role; they help you to develop your talent strategy and interview processes, support you with your interviews and work with you to improve your CV.

Future Strategy Club

Future Strategy Club is a not-for-profit collective of the best creative freelancers in London supporting and delivering great outcomes for its clients through transparency and partnership. Freelancers get all of the benefits of being permanent including market indexed day rates, learning & development, events, mentorship, co-working space and profit share – without being tied down in employment.

The Event

Space for 250. Doors are opening at 6pm, with introductions at 6.20pm and talks beginning at 6.30pm sharp. There is a lot to get through, so we’ll have a tight schedule, so please arrive on time to see the first presentation!

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6.00pm – 6.30pm: Drinks and Networking
6.30pm – 7.30pm: Intro and Talks 1 & 2
7.30pm – 8.00pm: Drinks and Networking
8.00pm – 8.45pm: Talk 3 and Q&A Panel
8.45pm: Leave venue & head to a local bar for continued networking


Talks & Discussion Points

Francesca Granato – Principal User Experience Architect – TandemSeven

Francesca is currently a Principal User Experience Architect responsible for the strategy, design and implementation of digital products for a number of key accounts – mainly in the financial services sector. Fransecsa has 15 years of professional design experience, and has led the UX and visual design on projects for clients such as Ubuntu, Apple iTunes, Heathrow BAA, the European Space Agency.

David Caldwell – Senior Digital Accessibility Consultant – Barclays

David joined Barclays the newly formed Digital Accessibility Team in 2013. As well as supporting product teams across Barclays to deliver accessible and inclusive experiences, David also leads on the training and development of colleagues in accessibility and inclusive design and Barclays accessibility outreach programme which includes supporting community projects such as London Accessibility Meetup.

Designing for vulnerability – Vulnerability is something we can all relate to – whether it’s losing our jobs, fluctuating mental health issues or the loss of a loved one. When vulnerable we may need a different experience, different support or restrictions in how we use a product. In this talk we’ll explore what we mean by vulnerable circumstances, look at how we could build in friction for those who find themselves vulnerable and look at examples of good practice in this space.

Nate Giraitis – Strategy Director – Smart Design

As Strategy Director and co-founder of Smart Design’s London studio, Nate focuses design teams to connect with the physical, emotional, and cognitive needs of people in order to create impactful designs. With a background in industrial design and over a decade of experience in service design and digital products, he specializes in multi-disciplinary projects which require larger systems to be considered holistically.

Multisensory UX: Inclusive design beyond the screen

How can the value of inclusivity be resolved when products and systems have both digital and physical interfaces? What accessibility opportunities (and challenges) arise when we forgo screens for Voice UI and Sound UX? We will walk through several multi-disciplinary projects – from connected healthcare in Bangladesh to children’s playgrounds in London – and break down how to apply universal design thinking to a range of interaction types.

Ruby Steel – Senior Design Strategist – Smart Design

An empathetic and passionate designer, Ruby is always looking for ways for design to benefit the widest audience possible. In addition to her contributions to service design, research, and strategy at Smart Design, she has also been featured in BBC2’s programme “Big Life Fix,” where designers use their skills to improve the lives of those struggling with disabilities.


  1. Annie Strickland

    25th June 2019 at 5:14 pm

    Hi, I bought a ticket but am stuck at work and won’t be able to make it. Wondering if anyone is recording the event so I could listen later? Thank you!

    • Mike

      25th June 2019 at 6:06 pm

      Hi Annie, we will indeed be recording the UX Crunch: Design Systems event. We should hopefully have it uploaded within the next few weeks on our media section!


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