What you will learn:

At the 2021 Oscars (and again during the 2022 NBA playoffs), Google premiered a commercial telling the story of how my family and I have stayed connected during a pandemic. It was pretty surreal. And part of what inspired that moment was a humble deck I decided to put together and share with my coworkers about my life as a CODA, or "child of deaf adults."

This Elective will share the unintentional insights about accessibility through the lens of my life that led to a global Google campaign — sharing baseline knowledge about the deaf community, talking about the small and actionable things any creative can do to make their work more accessible, and what it was like behind-the-scenes to work on a major brand campaign ... about yourself.

Participants will walk away with:
  • Essential tidbits about the world of deafness
  • Actionable takeaways about how to think about and incorporate accessibility into their everyday creative decisions
  • An understanding of how brands can share authentic human stories, especially from underrepresented communities

About the instructor:

Tony Lee is a designer, dad, and unintentional advocate for accessibility in creative work. He is currently a senior designer at Google, where he decided on a whim to share a humble deck about his life as a CODA (“child of deaf adults”) in the hopes of sharing a perspective his team didn’t necessarily have. A few years later, Tony found himself both working on and being the subject of a major Google campaign that launched at the 2021 Academy Awards, telling the story of how he and his family stayed connected with the help of Google’s accessible technology. The universe truly works in mysterious ways. Prior to Google, Tony was an art director at MoMA and designer at Pentagram and SYPartners, and taught part-time at Parsons. In 2016, he was named one of Print Magazine’s New Visual Artists: 15 Under 30. He currently lives in Seattle with his wife Stephanie, their two-year-old Owen, and an endless appreciation for good bubble tea.
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Suggested Length:60 min
# of Employees: Flexible
Delivery: Live via Zoom
Available Formats:
  • Keynote Followed by Q&A
  • Lecture with Discussion
  • Interactive Workshop

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