A well-designed accessible website contributes to a better user experience for everyone. So, if you are a digital designer and you want to learn how to create strong accessible designs according to current guidelines? Then you’ve come to the right place!
As a designer, you have an important task when it comes to clearly transmitting information to the visitor. Of course you want to provide the user with an impressive visual experience. But did you know that not everyone sees those beautiful colours in your design? And that in some cases a screen reader is used to read a website out loud. Also, did you know that moving images or animations can make some people feel dizzy?
It is important as a designer to be aware of the different ways in which someone can visit a website. Therefore in this course you will learn how you can design for high accessibility when it comes to:
use of colour and typography;
navigating within a website;
forms, animations and modals;
and you learn why the order of elements in your design is so important.
Are you ready to learn more about accessible design and become an even better designer? Then this course is perfect for you!
Who is it for?
For web designers: You need to have a basic understanding of how to design a website and communicate this design with the people involved in a web project. Anyone can join in, this course is platform or software independent. Before you start, you don’t have to know anything about web accessibility. Although, for a better and broader understanding of accessibility overall, we advise you to follow our basic accessibility course first.
For accessibility specialists: This course is useful if you want to learn more about how to review a web project for accessibility issues and have a conversation with your clients. Finishing “Accessible design, the basics” grants you 2.5 Continuing Accessibility Education Credits (CAECs) for maintaining your IAAP certification.
Topics covered in this course
Guidelines for accessible design
Inclusive design principles
Which situations are of influence?
Saccades, fixations and breaks
How do you choose a typeface?
How do you use a typeface?
Why is the order important?
Headings belong to the content beneath it
Colour must have no meaning
An accessible colour palette
Page not found (404)
Give the user control of animation
What does a good modal consist of?
When do you use a modal?
Content of a form
Label vs. placeholder
Asterisk or 'optional'
Focus indicators in forms
Art vs. applied design
13. Main takeaways
Meet your trainer
Andrée Lange has almost ten years of experience working as a digital designer at several agencies. At heart she is a true UX and visual designer. In recent years she has specialised in web accessibility. And more specific: in accessible design.
Wondering how to ensure that everyone can use that website you develop? In this course you’ll learn all there is to know about how to develop a fully accessible project by writing accessible code. In the end, it all comes down to having a different mindset and knowing how to develop in an accessible way. We give you all the tips and tricks!
As a writer or content manager for the web, you have the possibility to make the web more accessible every day. And if you are ready to broaden your skills and learn how to create accessible content for everyone, then this course is definitely for you!
In this course we provide you with a broad overview about what web accessibility is, we explain more about the guidelines and teach you how to implement them in your work. You will get plenty of tips and tricks that you can directly put into practice!