ACCESSIBILITY

ACCESSIBILITY

Accessible design is good design: it is functional, understandable, usable and beautiful. It is a user-centered approach that benefits everyone. Design has a powerful role to play in society by creating accessible spaces, and at TRANSIT, we are committed to making our design as inclusive as possible. We also like to make our expertise available to organizations that want to create accessible content and user experiences. Here are a few tips and resources that can help you create beautiful, accessible designs and content.

ACCESSIBLE DESIGN TIPS

  • Use good color contrasts and a readable font size and weight.
  • Use a combination of color, shapes and text to convey meaning.
  • Use fonts with distinguishable characters.
  • Align text to the left and maintain a consistent layout.
  • Let users change color contrast between background and text.
  • Don't create a wall of text.
  • Don't put too much information in one place.
  • Use simple sentences and bullet points, and break up paragraphs.
  • Use plenty of images and simple diagrams to support text.
  • Write in plain language.
  • Use subtitles or provide transcripts for videos.
  • Structure digital content using proper headings.
  • Describe images using ‘alt text’.
  • Present content in different formats.
  • Don't bury information in downloads.
  • Design with the mobile and touchscreen in mind.
  • Design large clickable actions. Don't demand precision.
  • Portray people with disabilities in an empowering light.

FREE ONLINE RESOURCES

Web Accessibility In Mind (WebAIM) – A great set of free resources on how make any digital content accessible.

Web Accessibility Initiative (W3C) – An introduction to web accessibility.

The Centre of Excellence in Universal Design – A set of resources dedicated to enabling the design of environments that can be accessed, understood and used regardless of age, size and ability.

WAVE – A free web accessibility evaluation tool.

Contrast Checker – A free online color contrast checker.

Event Accessibility Checklist – A check list to help you make your events more accessible.

Multimedia Accessibility Checklist – A detailed guide on how to make audio and video content accessible to people regardless of their ability.

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