design for UX & accessibility
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.
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.
- thisispopa.com [no longer in production/online]
- video on ted.com (Ken Robinson)
- V&A – vam.ac.uk [videos now on YouTube Channel]
- animatable.com [no longer in development]
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
- Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0
- WAI-ARIA Overview
- The Accessibility Project
- Beautiful design for everyone, Ann McMeekin Carrier
- juicy studio, Gez Lemon
- HTML5 accessibility, Steve Faulkner
- Accessibility for the modern web, talk by Derek Featherstone
- W3C: Complete List of Web Accessibility Evaluation Tools
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
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