In 2016 Offscreen Magazine featured web guru and compassionate design advocate Eric Meyer in its 15th issue. A beautiful feature of Eric’s career arc, it also touched on his personal mission to encourage web designers to think about how the websites they were building might serve users who were interacting with it in an emergency. What is the emergency situation that might bring a user to your site? What information do they need? How can you get them to that information quickly and without having to dig through your site? For retail sites this could be as simple as answering how can a customer submit locate their order needed by a deadline, or find out specific product ingredients if they have an allergic reaction. For organizations such as hospitals, it might mean providing maps to and within the building to get patients where they need to be as quickly as they can.
I was honored to photograph Eric over a few weeks time, following him to the An Event Apart conference in Pittsburgh, in his home office; as well as, in his free time so that Offscreen Magazine could give its readers a view of Eric’s life offline.