Gina Bhawalkar

Principal Analyst, Serving Customer Experience Professionals

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Global Accessibility Awareness Day: Equal Access Is Good Business

Gina Bhawalkar May 17, 2019
Yesterday, my LinkedIn feed lit up with posts from individuals and companies stating their commitment to digital inclusion. Why? Because it was Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), a day aimed at getting everyone talking and learning about digital accessibility and inclusive design. Why do we need a day dedicated to this? Because many companies are […]
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The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly Of Canadian Mobile Banking Experiences In 2019

Gina Bhawalkar May 15, 2019
Mobile apps have become the touchpoint of choice for millions of people to manage their finances, and Forrester regularly reviews those of leading banks. We just published our latest evaluations of the apps of the big five Canadian banks: BMO, CIBC, RBC, Scotiabank, and TD Canada Trust. Overall, they’ve raised the bar, striking a good […]
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Design And Research Teams Are Scaling But Not How You’d Think

Gina Bhawalkar April 29, 2019
When I talk to design leaders these days, the No. 1 question on their minds is how to scale to meet the demand for design and research. It’s a good problem to have — executives have moved from asking “Do we need design?” to “How do we get more design and research?” Successful design organizations […]
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The Inclusive Design Imperative: Win And Retain More Customers

Gina Bhawalkar April 23, 2019
Inclusive design is good for business. I lay out the reasons why in my latest report, “The Inclusive Design Imperative: Win And Retain More Customers,” and explain how you can establish the foundation for it to take hold. Once you raise awareness of inclusive design and spark the desire in employees to do better, it’s […]
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What XD Pros Can Learn From Diversity And Inclusion Leaders: Highlights From The From Day One Conference In San Francisco

Gina Bhawalkar April 12, 2019
Does your company have a diversity and inclusion (D&I) program? There’s a good chance you do — D&I is currently having its moment in the spotlight. But the D&I conversation at many organizations neglects a crucial element: a process for how the company will actually fulfill its commitment to D&I in the experiences it designs […]
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Accessible Pizza And Other Highlights From CSUN 2019

Gina Bhawalkar March 20, 2019
Accessible digital design is more possible and more relevant than ever. Find out how it can widen your customer base while making life easier for people with disabilities.
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With Design Shifting From “Who Cares?” To “Supersize It!” — How Should Your Design Org Respond?

Gina Bhawalkar October 19, 2018
It’s a great time to be an experience design professional — what we call an XD pro. I remember my early years as a user experience practitioner: 25% of my time was spent practicing my craft (the exciting part!) and 75% evangelizing my discipline and explaining why a human-centered design approach benefits both customers and […]
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The Billion-Customer Digital Accessibility Opportunity

Gina Bhawalkar June 27, 2018
There’s a vast population that many companies can’t reach because they design experiences without accessibility in mind — it’s large and growing by the minute. And these potential customers have money to spend: Over 1 billion people worldwide have a disability, and they have over $1.2 trillion in annual disposable income. That number balloons to […]
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