Episode 59

Spatial Computing and AR/VR: An Accessibility Discussion with Reginé Gilbert

Published on: 28th August, 2023

​Reginé Gilbert, designer and author of "Inclusive Design for a Digital World," joins the show to discuss her recent award, The James Weldon Johnson Professorship, and her work in accessibility and inclusion in the XR space. She shares her journey into UX design and how she became interested in accessibility, as well as her current focus on spatial computing, including augmented reality and virtual reality. Reginé also talks about her upcoming book, "Human Spatial Computing," and the importance of considering accessibility from the beginning when building AR/VR experiences.

Key Takeaways:

  • Discover the ways Reginé is advancing XR research through The James Weldon Johnson Professorship Award
  • Explore her path from novice to authority in UX Design
  • Imagine the meetup that changed her perspective on what she could do as a designer, and her mission focused on inclusivity and accessibility in XR for people like her friends Thomas Logan and Nefertiti Matos
  • Outline her upcoming book on AR/VR, Human Spatial Computing


(01:33) Introduction to the episode and guest, Reginé Gilbert

(02:46) Winning the James Weldon Johnson Professor Award

(05:17) Reflecting on the importance of doing the work and being recognized

(07:50) Icebreaker: Her obsession with Peloton

(11:19) Icebreaker: The kindness she has witnessed in New York City during the pandemic

(13:51) How life-changing encounters with Nefertiti Matos and Thomas Logan shifted her perspective on UX and accessibility

(20:04) Her focus on spatial computing and teaching a class on it

(23:38) The concept of spatial computing and her upcoming book explained

(30:04) Accessibility and building experiences in AR/VR

(33:23) A look into her second book in collaboration with Doug North Cook

About The Guest

Reginé Gilbert is a designer, author, and professor at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. She is the author of "Inclusive Design for a Digital World" and was recently awarded the James Weldon Johnson Professorship. Reginé is passionate about accessibility and inclusion in the XR (extended reality) space, including augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR).

Connect with Reginé Gilbert:




Referenced Links:

Inclusive Design for a Digital World - Designing with Accessibility in Mind

NYU James Weldon Johnson Professor Appointment Article

Subway Map of Development Tools in XR

Stanford Talk About XR Tools

Join the Conversation About Accessibility

Nefertiti Matos’ Work on Halftime

What's Next:

Visit the website here.

Support Technically Speaking by being a Patron.

Please leave us a rating and a review on Apple Podcast.

Connect With Me:




Next Episode All Episodes Previous Episode
Show artwork for Technically Speaking with Harrison Wheeler

About the Podcast

Technically Speaking with Harrison Wheeler
A podcast about the human experience.
Technically Speaking is a podcast by Harrison Wheeler about BIPOC designers, entrepreneurs & technologists sharing their unique stories of triumph and resilience at the intersection of product design.
Support This Show