Tim Noonan

Blind from birth, Tim Noonan is a voice experience designer, inclusive design consultant  and an expert in voice & spoken communication. 

Building on his formal background in cognitive psychology, linguistics and education, Tim has been designing and crafting advanced voice interfaces since the early 90s and was one of the principle authors of the Australian and New Zealand standard on interactive voice response systems AS/NZS 4263.

Tim is the principle author of several other standards relating to automated voice systems, including automated telephone-based voting, telephone-based speech recognition and four industry standards on the accessibility of electronic banking channels and inclusive authentication solutions.

Tim has also been a pioneer in the accessibility field for more than three decades. He particularly loves working with emerging and future technologies to come up with innovative ways to make them more inclusive, effective and comfortable to use.

A career highlight for Tim was working as the lead Inclusive User Experience designer for iVote - a fully automated telephone-based and web-based voting system for the NSW Electoral Commission. iVote was issued with Vision Australia’s Making A Difference Award and was recommended as the 'Gold Standard' for accessible voting.

For the last 25 years Tim has been leading the way in teaching, conceptualizing and designing technologies that communicate with users through voice and sound – both for accessibility and mainstream users.