Jeff Croft

I’m a product designer in Seattle, WA. I lead Design at a stealthy startup. I recently worked at Simply Measured, and previously co-founded Lendle.

Some of my past clients include Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo!, and the University of Washington.

I’ve authored two books on web and interactive design and spoken at dozens of conferences around the world.

But seriously, who gives a shit?

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  • Blog entry // 08.24.2006 // 11:05 PM // 56 Comments

    Accessibility follow-up

    Four days later, my previous post on accessibility continues to generate a lot of discussion. That’s a good thing. Unfortunately (and really, unsurprisingly), some of the more zealous members of the accessibility community found a way to manipulate my comments into things I didn’t actually say. Thankfully, some of the more level-headed accessibility mavens understood what I was getting at.

    So, as a follow-up, I just want to reiterate my original points, remove the extraneous ranting, and see if I can’t make myself perfectly clear. Please do read on…

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  • Blog entry // 08.21.2006 // 6:46 PM // 89 Comments

    Has accessibility been taken too far?

    There’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while but have a been hesitant to post, for fear of it being taken the wrong way, and fear of me being labeled as insensitive. But I’ve finally decided to just put it out there. I’ll be careful with my wording and try my best not to offend, but I can’t promise anything.

    I’m concerned about the state of accessibility in our industry. I’m concerned that the web is being limited creatively by a growing crop of accessibility and usability zealots that, in my personal opinion, over-complicate the matter.

    Has accessibility been taken too far?

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  • Blog entry // 11.22.2004 // 3:14 PM // 6 Comments

    On Design vs. Usability

    Late last week, Dirk Knemeyer posted a follow up to his original Digital Web article, The End of Usability Culture. Both articles generated some discussion in the blogosphere as well as in my office. The gist of the article is that while the practical aspects of web design (usability, accessibility, etc.) are important, it seems that the visual and creative aspects are getting somewhat ignored. There is a balance to be reached, and it seems that it’s been a bit out of whack recently.

    I generally agree with Drik’s sentiments, and I posted a comment on his redux article to share my personal feelings. It seemed appropriate for this site, too, so i’ve decided to re-publish it here. For the entire discussion, read Dirk’s article and the related comments.

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