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Leigh Clark

Senior UX Researcher

Leigh has 10 years’ experience in user research with emerging technologies. He has a leading expertise in voice and text systems and is co-founder of the ACM Conversational User Interfaces (CUI) conference series. Leigh has published extensively and organised conferences and workshops in this area. His recent work examines how to design voice interfaces to make them more inclusive. As an industry advisor to the Open Voice Network, he continues to work with global researchers to design ethical voice interface guidelines. Leigh holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Nottingham and is a Visiting Lecturer at University College Dublin.

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Something unique about you summed up in one sentence:

My first time on a plane was a 13-hour direct flight to Tokyo – it was not fun.

Your favorite city in the world is...and why?

York, UK. It’s a city full of history, amazing architecture, and home to some fantastic pubs. Best of all, you can see most of it in one day.

In your spare time (or if you had spare time), you would absolutely do this:

Keep working on that 200kg dead-lift goal. Any day now.

Your ultimate celebrity dinner party guest list would include...

Roisin Conaty, Greg Davies, Bob Mortimer, Miriam Margolyes

You cannot start the day without doing this...

Listening to music – and this is true for most of the day.

What would be your most valuable zombie apocalypse skill?

I’ve seen Zombieland about 10 times, so I know what the deal is.

Favorite TV show:

I’d love to say The Wire, but it’s definitely The Simpsons (Golden Era). Those episodes are burned into my brain.

Share an interesting fact:

I make fantastic curries – Indian, Pakistani, Thai you name it. I haven’t yet verified their authenticity but take it from me for the time being.

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Three ways UX research supports accessible product design

Designing accessible products through UX research can create better user experiences for all when researchers are knowledgeable about accessibility and accessible designs, recruit those with a wide range of accessibility needs throughout the UX process, and offer accessible participation options like in-home testing.

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