course notes 2017/18

design for UX & accessibility

Mar 7th 2018

Eric Meyer

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.

useful reading & references

testing tools

UX process

DeBono Group: Six Thinking Hats

six thinking hats

UX tools

Helio

Helio

Helio, by Zurb, is an online set of testing tools to gather feedback on specific design aspects. A free, limited account is available – additional tests can be purchased.

Silverback

Silverback gorilla wiht laptop

Silverback, by clearleft, is a mac-only app which records users via webcam and screencast. In-app tools allow for study and annotations during review. The app is fully functional with watermark, which can be removed for £29.

Hotjar

Hotjar aims to be an all-in-one tool for site testing and analysis: collecting data for heatmaps, recording activity and more. A free, limited account is available for low traffic sites – paid-for  accounts are offered for high-traffic sites and longer data storage.

nibbblerTASK
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 major project :)

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