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Top Stark Moments of 2021

Dive into some of our favorite moments from the past year!

Team Stark
Team Stark

Dec 21, 2021

An illustration of someone decorating cookies in the shape of the year 2021. The cookies are surrounded by snow flakes, ribbons, a gingerbread man, a star and the Stark logo.

We’re nearing the end of another exciting and equally productive year! From a team of 8 at the start to 19 by the end, we’re so excited to share all of our favorite moments of 2021!

Here are the best product updates that had you and our team equally excited this year...

Streamline accessibility compliance with Stark for Mac

User-interface of the Stark Mac App home page. Text reads, 'making your software accessible for everyone starts here. Stark streamlines accessibility compliance saving teams time, money, and effort through end-to-end collaboration'.

Stark for Mac streamlines accessibility, saving teams time, money, and effort through automation, integrations, and end-to-end collaboration. Want to kick accessibility into high gear?

Join our private beta now!

Ensure design-to-dev handoff is smooth with documented Focus Order

User-interface of Stark's Focus Order in Sketch which is being used to order items to each layer of the website.

With Focus order designers can create sequences for the ideal tabbing of a product, setting the stage for a smoother handoff to developers and, in turn, allowing individuals that can’t (or choose not to) use a mouse to 'tab' through your product with ease.

Start designing meaningful experiences for your users right in your favorite design platform.

Facilitate cross-discipline accessibility conversations with our FigJam widget

A demonstration of how to open the widget's role-specific checklists and their accompanying topics.

Stark's accessibility widget for FigJam provides designers, engineers, and product managers role-specific accessibility checklists. Tick tasks off your lists to track cross-discipline progress, expand your knowledge on specific accessibility topics with dropdown descriptions, and have each team member leave sticky notes per topic so everyone can jump into solutions. The steps to get started are easy!

Sign in to your Figma account and add the widget to your 2022 accessibility toolbox.

Discover the world’s best a11y resources and educational content in our Public Library

A screen recording of the new Public library landing page featuring collections. In this demonstration the user clicks 'view all collections' and then navigates to a collection titled, 'design patterns in Accessibility' which

With the acquisition of a11yresources, last year we got to work and brought to life Stark’s Public Library—the largest, centralized accessibility resource on the internet! Later on in the year, we updated the library with Search, Collections, and even a 'newly added' section highlighting our latest resources. With this update, readers can now quickly discover everything the Stark Public Library has to offer. Browse around, select your favorite reads and contribute to the growing library by submitting a resource of your own!

Enjoy Stark tools right in your browser with Stark for Chrome

Demonstration of how to check the contrast of a website using Stark's Object Selection Mode.

With the launch of Stark for Chrome, we’ve made it ridiculously easy for those building a site, designing in the browser, or running QA on an in-flight project to ensure the product is meeting accessibility requirements. With that, you’re optimizing for the best outcomes, and ensuring it’s usable for as many individuals as possible, right from the browser.

Download the extension to get started today!

Read the Boundless x Stark Disability at Work guide

A woman with prosthetic legs sitting while drawing on an iPad is talking to a woman standing with her dog by her side.

We partnered with Boundless to create the Disability at Work guide! This guide provides an in-depth look into the legalities and life experiences that come with living and working with disabilities in various countries—starting with Ireland. If you're curious to learn about Ireland’s laws around disability in the workplace, employment requirements, benefits, and so on, make sure to check out the guide and share your thoughts with the Stark Slack community.

Easily manage your team’s accounts and organization’s billing for Stark

User interface of the Stark personal billing page against a teal background with confetti. This particular page shows your options for upgrading your Stark account plan, followed by a section to input your billing information.

Billing and management on Stark just got easier with our new Team Management dashboard! From 5+ members on, teams now have access to a sleek interface allowing an admin to oversee their unified billing, subscription, account management, and so much more. Sign up or upgrade to a team plan today!

Some more exciting moments from the past year:

And never forget about that time Joe Welinske shared how NASA is using Stark during his Innovation in Accessible Design presentation at axe-con 2021!

Screenshot of Joe Welinske presenting how Nasa uses Stark tools. On the screen it reads, 'Visual design—color contrast. Figma was the design system platform. The stark plugin worked well to review color combinations'.

As we continue on this incredible rollercoaster of a ride, we want to say thank you to our amazing community for continually supporting Stark. We’re excited to share our new lineup of content, resources, solutions, and integrations coming your way. It’s only uphill from here—catch you all in the new year! 🎉


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