Hi! 👋 My name is Elise.

I'm a product designer who specializes in creating inclusive and accessible products.

Selected work

Example of a file structure with accessibility annotations for screen reader semantics.

Qualtrics Accessibility

I am the accessibility expert on a team of more than 40 designers and researchers. I developed a design pattern library to help teams implement consistent, accessible experiences across the product. I also developed learning resources to educate the team about accessibility and inclusive design.
XM Catalog reading Getting Started at the top and showing some project types that can be created in Qualtrics.

XM Catalog

I designed end to end features that form the basis of the Qualtrics UX platform, including delivering a northstar framework for the XM Catalog, which enables people to discover and create new projects and workflows in Qualtrics. The XM Catalog currently has 140,000 monthly active users.
A laptop with PowerPoint open showing automatic alt text running on a photo of two polar bears in the snow

Automatic Alt Text

Re-imagining the alt text experience in Microsoft Office. Today, Automatic Alt Text generates alt text for more than 2 million images every day, improving access of documents for everyone. Learn about Automatic Alt Text
Phone mockups showing a text conversation where emotions like angry and happy are shown alongside the messages.

EQ Assistant

Leveraging AI and Machine Learning to improve text communication for people with emotional disabilities. Learn about EQ Assistant
Phone mockups showing a profile home page and a map, showing the experience of requesting help from a volunteer.

Assist

Designing a micro-volunteering platform that enables anyone to request help from volunteers in their community. This case study shows how inclusive design methods result in products that work better for all humans. Learn about Assist
A tablet with a psychiatric form filled out by a digital pen

CAMS Suicide Prevention

At Microsoft, I led a partnership with leading psychiatrists to bring the power of digital pen and ink to therapy sessions to help clinicians reach more people experiencing suicidality.
Imgbot's logo. Reads Imgbot, with a cute robot wearing a tie replacing the O

ImgBot

Co-founder and designer for ImgBot, a GitHub app that helps the internet run faster by optimizing images. I designed the logo, pull requests, and the core app website and documentation. ImgBot is installed in more than 300,000 GitHub repositories. See website

Speaking and writing

How to document accessibility as a UX Designer

An article I wrote about how to document accessibility. Read the article

Disability is a Design Problem

I presented about inclusive at the Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing in Houston, TX. My presentation focused on defining and making a case for Includive Design, as well as providing actionable tips for implementing Inclusive Design methodology and accessibility best practices in the workplace.

Accessibility at Microsoft Interview

I did an interview with Benetech, a non-profit that focuses on software for social good. We discussed Microsoft's commitment to accessibility and culture change happening within Microsoft. Read the interview