Caterina Falleni

Caterina Falleni
  • Lead designer for Facebook Accessibility Design
  • San Francisco, USA

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Design for access and inclusion

Accessibility has long been an engineering driven industry and mainly an after thought or add-on in so many products, but now it's time for designers to own accessible design as a practice and mindset. Designing for accessibility drives innovation in many diverse sectors including automotive, architecture and education. Designing for accessibility can and should drive innovation in digital products. During this talk you will learn from a Facebook Accessibility design lead everything you need to know about accessible design. What does it mean to design for accessibility? What tools and processes are needed to support accessible design? How do we measure the impact of accessible design?


Caterina Falleni serves as the lead designer for Facebook’s Design for Accessibility program. Her role is to make products like Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp accessible to everyone. Previously, she was UX Designer and Project Lead at Samsung Research America, Designer Strategist at design consultancies between Milan and San Francisco, Product Lead at MIT Senseable City Lab spinoff MakrShakr. She has advised companies on ways to innovate and advance inclusion in product development and digital experiences. Caterina has an MA in product and communication design, a BA in industrial design from ISIA Florence and she’s also a former alumni of Singularity University.