20/20 Vision No Longer Required
We recently were commissioned to redesign the website for the Toronto Business Development Centre (TBDC). Business at usual for us at Mouth Media – or was it? There was a catch - the site needed to incorporate accessibility features for the visually impaired.
As we do with any new project, we started our research which includes looking for inspiration sites. For this project, we were looking for sites that married good design, traditional usability AND accessibility features. We came up empty handed. It seems that the concept of an aesthetically designed, accessible website is a bit of an oxymoron. But why? According to the CNIB website, there are “more than 836,000 Canadians living with significant vision loss that cannot be corrected using ordinary lenses. Current projections indicate that with our aging population, this number will increase dramatically over the next 10 years.” And that’s enough for us because at Mouth Media we truly believe that everyone deserves good design.
Senior Designer, Keven Lupien was tasked with the challenge. His mandate:
• Create a site that does not compromise design.
• Create a site that allows text size to increase - without compromising design.
• Create a site that has two colour palettes (light on dark and dark on light) - without compromising design.
• Create a site that has ‘hot keys’ for key accessibility features - without compromising design.
• Create a site that is “reader” friendly.
And the results? See for yourself at www.tbdc.com.
If you know of websites that incorporate accessibility features and great design, let us know in the comments.