Mismatch Audiobook Now Available

Mismatch was written to be an audiobook. Early in the writing process, I realized that I wasn’t going to be able to write a book with my eyes and hands. The extended screen exposure was painful and problematic, but I also didn’t like the words that were coming out of my hands. Everything felt too technical.   

A friend and published author, Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, showed me how to use Dragon, a speech-to-text translation software program. As she would say, my words were in my mouth, not in my hands. One paragraph at a time, Mismatch was written by listening to my own voice. I like to think the result is a conversational and accessible book.  

It took a number of months to secure an audiobook publishing contract. A huge thanks to many of you who helped us and The MIT Press advocate for this format. Narrating it myself was a stretch goal – I had to audition! I’m super proud to share that it’s now available on Audible.com and anywhere that audiobooks are sold.

Images: (left) Kat Holmes in the recording booth. (right) Cover design of the audiobook by Airlift.

About the Author: Kat Holmes

Kat Holmes, named one of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business” in 2017, is founder of mismatch.design, a firm dedicated to inclusive design resources and education. At Microsoft from 2010 to 2017, she led that company’s executive program for inclusive product innovation. Her award-winning toolkit was inducted into the Smithsonian Institution's Cooper Hewitt Design Museum. In 2018, Holmes joined Google and continues to advance inclusive development for some of the most influential technologies in the world. She is the author of Mismatch: How Inclusion Shapes Design.

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Inclusive Design Master Class

University of Washington’s Communication Leadership Program collaborated with community leaders to illuminate different aspects of accessibility and inclusive design. Kat Holmes presented the keynote talk. Visit the site linked below to access all the videos and learning activities. For the 20-minute version of this talk: