Improving accessibility by adopting SwiftUI at Mint

Ryan Cole, a Mint engineer and Level 2 Accessibility Champion at Intuit, was inspired by a “follow me home” customer research session with Brandon Biggs to rebuild the iOS app with SwiftUI and a much more accessible interface.

Ryan explains how he, and other Mint engineers, learned how to use SwiftUI and the Accessibility properties: How to Design for Accessibility with Your iOS App. They used Intuit’s Global Engineering Days event to focus their attention on 200 changes. But this wasn’t just about fixing bugs. They also took advantage of SwiftUI to add new features and to transform the app from accessible to delightful.

One of the updates included replacing Mint’s charts with the new iOS Audio Graphs.

To confirm the usability of these graphs, Ryan joined Lucy Greco for a live customer testing session during an Intuit Accessibility Lunch and Learn. Ryan has been a valued member of the Intuit Accessibility Champion program and we look forward to his contributions as he moves to Apple’s accessibility team to work on mobile and wearable technology.

Published by Ted

Accessibility is more than making sure images have alternate text. I work with engineers, product managers, and designers to understand how accessibility impacts the users, set realistic deadlines, and create the solutions to provide a delightful experience to all users, regardless of their physical, sensory, or cognitive ability.

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