Using Design for Web Accessibility

  • Design is an activity typically associated with aesthetics and image, carried out by people wearing black turtlenecks and designer glasses. Unfortunately design and accessibility can appear to be at odds, since many people associate accessibility with text-heavy pages and an absence of images. But if we think of design as a way of making decisions, informed by principles and refined by a user-centered and iterative process, design becomes a powerful tool for achieving web accessibility.

    In this workshop we will step back from how-to guidelines to explore a set of design principles that are relevant to web accessibility. We will engage in design thinking techniques to tease out how these principles can be put to the task of web accessibility.

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    Participants will learn ways to bring a design perspective to decision making for accessibility using:

    • Design principles
    • User-centered and iterative design techniques

    The format of the workshop will be mainly group brainstorming with a sprinkling of lecture. Computers, turtlenecks, and designer glasses not required.