course notes 2015/16

design for UX & accessibility

Jan 21st 2016

Eric Meyer
designing with people - for people

As web workers, be that designers or developers, it is our job to create not only engaging user experiences but also to ensure an all inclusive design and setup. Making sure our content is presented in the most accessible and easy way will liberate our user to use the web freely and without hinderance, a benefit to all.

multimedia considerations

please note: the information in this slidedeck is now getting quite old, luckily there’s lots of great progress taking place. Still good to understand the changes.

featured sites

How accessible is your website?

The Inclusive New Media Design project aims to educate us as content creators, designer and developers about the accessibility needs of people with intellectual disabilities. While this is very specific – there are advantages which will benefit a wider audience. It is always our aim to work towards an inclusive and accessible website.

useful reading & references

Using one of your online projects – use some of the listed tools to check your work for accessibility issues and let’s discuss possible solutions. Always bear in mind, of course, that no tool results will ever replace user testing or show a complete list of problems. These tools and checks are great helpers but not easy solution finders.
Best to adopt good practice before you start on your thesis project :)

accessibility testing tools

your Venn diagrams from our session


  1. Lauren Sternberg

    Feb 3rd 2016

    I used a few accessibility checkers on my book promo website – CynthiaSays, AChecker and Check My Colours. I wanted to use Nibbler, but it turns out I had exceeded my limit on that one. H1 headings and sample div appeared to be ok on contrast according to the color check website, but others did not have a good level of contrast. Failed on almost every aspect for color difference. AChecker says I am missing some attributes and alternate text as well as mentioning some of the contrast issues. CynthiaSays that the colors I chose for background and foreground would not be good for someone with visual impairment or cognitive challenges.

  2. prisca

    Feb 3rd 2016

    Lauren, thanks for reporting back ;)
    hope you found it a useful exercise. If you can build in some colour checks during the design stage, then these results would be better from the start ~ all a matter of practice :)