Gina Bhawalkar

Principal Analyst

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Words Matter: Inclusive Experiences Start With Inclusive Language

Gina Bhawalkar September 13, 2021
Are you creating inclusive experiences for your customers? Many companies aren’t. For example, here’s a sampling of what we heard when we evaluated typical approaches to collecting personal information from consumers: “There is no open box to identify yourself. Ticking ‘other’ is alienating; therefore, if I didn’t identify as male or female, I wouldn’t feel […]
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You Need A Design System — Here’s Why

Gina Bhawalkar August 2, 2021
Our research shows that the best organizations use a design system to streamline and scale experience design (XD). Learn the benefits of a design system.
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Digital Accessibility: How $10B In Design Spending Will Soon Be Up For Grabs Annually

Andrew Hogan June 29, 2021
(This blog is coauthored with Gina Bhawalkar.) Accessibility is one of the hottest topics in design. More and more companies are making it a business priority. We wanted to determine how big of a monetary impact accessibility will have on design technology vendors and services companies offering design. Based on our analysis, at least $10 […]
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What’s Wrong With Quick-Fix Products For Digital Accessibility

Gina Bhawalkar May 4, 2021
Let’s get straight to the point: There’s no quick fix for making your digital experiences accessible. That’s true even if your approach to accessibility is narrowly focused on being compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) and the laws in your region of the world. Many companies I speak with these days are tempted […]
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New Research: How To Establish, Scale, And Evolve Your Design Practice

Gina Bhawalkar April 19, 2021
The design industry is booming. Our recent research, “The Design Industry, 2021,” estimates the size of the global design industry to be $162 billion and growing. But the increasing recognition of the importance of design creates a challenge for design leaders: How do you effectively establish, scale, and evolve a high-performing design practice that reliably […]
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Digital Accessibility Enters The Spotlight As A Business Priority

Gina Bhawalkar April 9, 2021
When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, in many cases making digital the only channel through which customers could interact with brands, Forrester saw a significant uptick in inquiries related to accessibility, mostly from companies getting serious about accessibility for the first time. The pandemic served as a wake-up call not just about the importance of digital […]
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L’Accessibilité Numérique Devient Une Priorité Pour Les Entreprises

Gina Bhawalkar April 9, 2021
La pandémie a servi de signal d'alarme, non seulement sur l'importance de l'accessibilité numérique, mais aussi sur ses avantages. En savoir plus.
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Digital Accessibility Is About Great CX, Not Just Compliance — Takeaways From Deque’s Inaugural Axe-con Conference

Gina Bhawalkar March 29, 2021
I speak with companies weekly about the growing importance of digital accessibility, and prior to 2020, those conversations almost always started with this question: “How do we make our sites and apps accessible so we don’t get sued?” It’s a fair question — after all, the number of web and mobile accessibility lawsuits has increased […]
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L’Inclusion Numérique : Un Enjeu De La Relation Client Au-Delà De La Conformité

Gina Bhawalkar March 29, 2021
L'inclusion numérique n'est plus seulement axée sur la conformité mais sur la création d'une excellente expérience client pour tous.
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New Research: State Of Design Teams — We Need Your Help!

Gina Bhawalkar December 3, 2020
To give you insights on the state of experience design (XD)/user experience (UX) teams, my colleagues and I, who cover design and UX, run an annual survey. In our most recent one, 61% of respondents reported that their design team impacts strategic decisions, for example. And I’m excited to share that our 2020 State Of […]
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Get Your Design System Right: Approach It Like A Product

Gina Bhawalkar November 30, 2020
A design system continually evolves — it’s not a project a design team can complete and move on from. In fact, a design system requires an ongoing time and resources investment just like a customer-facing digital product.
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Like Night And Day: Twitter’s And Apple’s Contrasting Moves On Accessibility

Gina Bhawalkar June 25, 2020
The two companies' recent actions highlight the difference between placing accessibility front and center versus treating it as an afterthought.
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We Evaluated Banks’ In-App Messaging On COVID-19: Five Brands Stood Out

Gina Bhawalkar April 23, 2020
What do consumers expect from their banks in response to the COVID-19 pandemic? We interviewed 40 customers of 14 banks to find out.
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Open Source Design: What It Is And Why It Matters

Gina Bhawalkar March 11, 2020
There’s a new buzz phrase in the air — “open source design.” What is it? It’s a “remix” (to borrow a term from Figma) of the open source software movement’s commitment to sharing and collaborative validation and improvement of software source code. What Are Examples Of Open Source Design? You don’t need to look far to find companies embracing this idea by: Making design systems public. Most design teams are […]
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Get Accessibility Right: Recruit People With Disabilities Into The Design Process

Gina Bhawalkar March 9, 2020
When I speak with companies that are new to digital accessibility, they almost always start the conversation with some version of this question: “What do we need to do to comply with accessibility standards so we don’t get sued?” They’re right to ask, because web accessibility lawsuits are proliferating — there were over 2,000 in […]
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The Good And The Bad Of US Federal Website UX

Gina Bhawalkar February 24, 2020
Discover what federal agency websites excel at and where are the biggest areas of opportunity.
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Four Takeaways About Modern Design From Figma’s Config Conference

Andrew Hogan February 19, 2020

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Why And How To Create A Design System And Get Help With It

Gina Bhawalkar February 3, 2020
Fifty percent — that’s the percentage of design professionals who say their company now uses a design system according to Forrester’s Q3 2019 Global State Of Design Teams Survey. And a whopping 74% of those survey respondents say that their companies are using a design system more than two years ago. Over a third even […]
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Retailers: Make Your Website Accessible Or Leave Money On The Table

Gina Bhawalkar December 4, 2019
Only a tiny fraction of websites get accessibility right. Learn how to ensure your online experience doesn't freeze out would-be shoppers.
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Countdown To Showdown: Domino’s Supreme Error And Why Businesses Should Do The Opposite

Gina Bhawalkar September 16, 2019
When you hear “Domino’s” and “supreme” in the same sentence, you could be forgiven for thinking we’re talking about the “Supreme” on its menu — a pizza loaded with pepperoni, bacon, beef, sausage, mushroom, pineapple, and onion. But no, I’m talking about a bad business decision — which any company with a website or app […]
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