Ask DN: Do you design for accessibility?
over 7 years ago from Wouter Ramaker, Senior Designer & Organiser of UX Cocktail hours Rotterdam
A week ago I met someone who works at a company that build aids for the visually impaired; screenreaders, braille add-ons for keyboards, etc.. A couple of days ago I saw this recent post about legibility and I started to wonder:
Do you design with accessibility in mind?
With the web slowly changing from the text-heavy pages of the past toward interactive experiences and dynamic applications, we (designers) don't shy away from the latest possibilities that are offered to us; interactive videos, parallax images, animated illustrations, etc.. But do we keep in mind people who see colours differently, or who are partially blind, or use a foot controlled mouse? Should we (even if they are not our main target group)?
When we look at Google Analytics we can't see if a user is using VoiceOver, or JAWS, or another tool for added accessibility and I'm afraid we might be unintentionally shutting people out. Do you think it is part of a designers responsibility to think about these things when designing our new, hopefully, award-winning experience?
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