Andrew Puchle

Designing solutions that not only work from a functionality perspective, but are intuitive to use has become one of my life’s great passions alongside building accessibility into a large organization. Accessibility poses an amazing challenge because accessible solutions are really about designing usable and inclusive solutions. I was introduced to people with disability first in graduate school and then while working for various organizations in Washington DC. Any site that is affiliated with the government is required to be 508 compliant. After I joined Eli Lilly in 2015 as a user experience lead designer, I started advocating for inclusive design and accessibility. I helped to build and champion the Lilly Design System, built on atomic design that incorporates accessibility into all components. I helped to create Access Lilly, an award winning internal program, designed to look at disability inclusion for employees. This grew into forming a digital accessibility team, which I proudly help to lead.