Adriane Kuzminski is a user researcher who is passionate about reducing barriers to information, expression and play
She likes to talk to people about how technology might serve them and adapt to their preferences and multisensory interactions. She has worked on blind-accessible games and audio tools, as well mentorship and community projects with the following clients and conferences:
Adriane is a user researcher with a passion for accessibility and understanding how other people enjoy life. This has led her to work on blind-accessible games like A Hero’s Call, Frequency Missing, stories on Earplay, and others as an audio producer, and serve as an accessibility consultant for companies like imitone LLC and The Deep End Games. She has spoken about her research in blind accessibility in video games at GameSoundCon, GAconf, CarouselCon, Montreal Indie Games Summit and NYC Game Audio, and she has donated countless hours to advising developers and educators who are looking to learn more about accessibility by sharing her insights and connecting them with gamers and sound designers with visual impairments.
Her work has been cited by Zdanowicz and Bambrick in their publication "The Game Audio Strategy Guide: A Practical Course" (Focal Press) and cited as inspiration for Accessible Realities and included on the Library of Congress's list of accessibility resources. On top of her freelance work, her past involvements include her roles as a Producer for Team Audio, a Volunteer Council member with The Audio Mentoring Project, an Editor and Contributor with Designing Sound, a Senior Volunteer with AbleGamers, and a background as a film editor and clarinetist in the US Army Bands.
In August 2020, she graduated from the University of Washington's Master of Human-Computer Interaction and Design program where she developed her research skills and focused on accessible solutions in technology. She continues to support A Sound Effect & Soundlister as an interviewer and developer and serves as a Sergeant First Class in the US Army Reserves.
For more information, you can check out her LinkedIn profile and resume. If you’d like to get in touch, you can email her at adriane (at) smashclay (dot) com or message her on Twitter at @smashclayaudio.