While we are enjoying it
Early summer used to be a time for reflection at Funka. When our international conference is over and most of our clients are thinking of their holidays, historically we have had a calmer period. That means we have been able to get much work done internally and at the same time had the opportunity of resting a bit ahead of the autumn activities. But for the last few years that is no longer the case. Nowadays we are always busy with assignments right through the summer and June is one of our best months. That is nothing to complain about, but when will we ever have the opportunity to take a breath and think things through?
Susanna LaurinTitle: Chief Research and Innovation Officer
At the moment we run no less than ten parallel research- and innovation projects at a national and European level. We develop products and services, explore new areas for us and we are fascinated by the differences between people and the opportunities of technology. At least two of the projects we are involved in are so extensive that they could change our whole business in terms of direction and focus.
Our customer assignments are as exciting as ever. We are privileged to work with some of the world's wisest customers who really want to create good solutions that can be used by everyone. I think it is the wide scope that makes us never tire. One day, we test signs, conduct an inventory of a submarine and develop apps. Another day, we examine symbols, design new web features and produce Braille, while providing strategic support to the European Commission and investigate on how information technology can help homeless in their contacts with the community.
At least three clear trends are visible:
- The risk or chance of more regulations ands common standards on accessibility means a lot means a lot of drowsy suppliers now request training and testing
- More and more people see the big picture, they want solutions that take a broader approach than just web accessibility
- The international exchange of ideas becomes ever more fruitful, not least through the international trade association IAAP and our many partners all over the world
At the same time accessibility is business as usual for many of our clients. Large and small problems need solving, preferably before the summer holidays. There is simply no time to reflect on the state of things, we will have to leave that for another day.
We hope that all of you who follow us will enjoy wonderful summer days and that you will return in the fall with renewed vigour to create better interfaces, communication and built environment. Hopefully together with us!
Related chronicles by Susanna Laurin
6 May 2019
Sometimes progress is hard to spot if you are in the middle of the whole thing. It might be useful to take a step back and reflect on all the different things going on in our business. The evolution is quite impressive, says Funka's Research and Innovation Officer.
7 February 2019
Funka's CEO Susanna Laurin reports from a debate in the European Parliament and international standardization that deals with the inclusion of elderly in IT development.
29 November 2018
Another year of accessibility work is coming to an end. Funkas’ Susanna Laurin writes about the importance of positive feedback and the need to give appreciation to those who do the right thing.
14 August 2018
Monitoring and possible fines can be a driving force for accessibility. But at the same time, threats can mean that services are taken down. How do we make sure that legislation increases accessibility?
29 May 2018
Funka's Susanna Laurin sees similarities between working with accessibility and taking care of a wooden boat. Both activities require patience and the results can make many people happy.
5 December 2017
The International Day of Disabled Persons keeps us busy in all our markets. This year we contribute to the Inclusion Days program in Berlin, Germany.
8 November 2017
A judicial precedent now allows for a tighter interpretation of the Swedish law on support and services for certain disabled people. This may mean that many people lose their right to personal assistance. Do we really want people to be denied a worthy life on equal terms with others?
12 June 2017
As the sun glistens in the ocean, the birds wake me up in the early mornings and life gets a little easier once sunshine and warm weather turn our latitudes into paradise, a report on digitization makes me even more happy.
6 March 2017
We are always interested in what is going on in our market. When two conferences on accessibility, gaming and assistive technology happens in the same week, the agenda is filling up.
7 February 2017
Funka’s Susanna Laurin reports from an EU conference on accessibility and legislation in Brussels. The focus is, as usual, on the economy.
6 January 2017
Two of our very competent consultants have tried their wings with our clients and then chosen to come back to Funka. Naturally, we're very excited and we've asked Oskar and Karin to tell us a little bit about their experiences.
8 December 2016
Funka’s Susanna Laurin ponders what we celebrate on the international day of persons with disabilities. Accessibility seems - more than ever - a moving target.
4 July 2016
Funka’s Susanna Laurin is reporting on an exciting meeting of experts from all over the world, at the US Access Board in Washington.
17 June 2016
The French association for the visually impaired, BrailleNet, arrange an annual conference on digital accessibility. The theme for the 2016 edition was the internet of things. Funka’s own Susanna Laurin is reporting from the conference.
10 March 2016
An unsettling trend is happening in the U.S.: by using legislation as a battering ram lawyers are making money, but inaccessibility persist.
30 November 2015
Susanna Laurin's reflections on the situation for people with disabilities face in the world today.
11 September 2015
Funka’s CEO Susanna Laurin reflects on cultural differences between Spain and Sweden, personal integrity and how badly things can get, even when you try your hardest to do the right thing.
18 March 2015
Different safety and technology aspects are being brought up as arguments against e-voting, but these problems must be possible to overcome. Funka's Susanna Laurin takes some time to reflect upon the democratic perspective of e-voting and today's broad lack of accessibility.
29 October 2014
Funka’s Susanna Laurin questions why accessibility and user experience experts are so eager to talk to people with similar opinions. Would it not be better to let different views and opinions meet to bring about change?
19 June 2014
We look back at a hectic period and look forward to even more work. But first of all, we will enjoy the summer holidays.
25 February 2014
Funka’s Susanna Laurin rejoices in the fact that design for all really works in our everyday life.
20 December 2013
Susanna Laurin, Funka, sums up a busy year. A year of continued growth, continued expansion in Norway and a new office in Madrid.
25 October 2013
It is leaning towards legislation on web accessibility in the EU. Funka's Susanna Laurin takes a closer look at what the guidelines that almost everyone is pointing towards actually entail for the users.