Accessible Document Design

Accessible documents are our passion, and we are dedicated to helping as many people produce them as possible. Creation of the document is the first and most important step, which is why we offer services to both educate designers and design accessible documents ourselves.

Our experienced designers specialise in creating documents that are accessible from the beginning, ensuring that the end product is fully accessible and as cost effective as possible for the client. If the design is not accessible, the document can not be WCAG 2.0 AA compliant.

What you will get

  • Clear and well presented message
  • Designed to meet and exceed WCAG 2.0 AA standards
  • Learn how to make content more accessible
    in future
  • Collaboration with content writers to ensure message is clear for all
  • Remediation built into the process
  • Option to have documents templated for
    future use
  • Documents that are accessible AND beautiful!

What you will avoid

  • Design changes after it has been approved
  • Erratic layouts
  • Poor use of corporate colour scheme
  • Isolating people who can’t access your information
  • Documents that cannot be made WCAG 2.0 AA compliant

What is accessible design?

To the uninitiated, designing for people with low vision can seem like an oxymoron. However, accessible design is all about making a document as easy to understand and follow as possible – which is something that benefits everyone.

The biggest thing in accessible design is clarity. Making sure that everything in a document has a clear purpose, and that there is enough space around these things for their meaning to be understood and enough contrast for all content to be seen.

Beyond just making the content provided fit into accessibility standards, we also work alongside content creators to find better ways of portraying their message. Complex tables, graphs and flowcharts that could be displayed in a more simple manner mean that more people will understand the information if they are simplified.

Remember, accessible design will work for all people - including but not limited to those with low vision, colour blindness, our ageing population, and those who have language difficulties or for whom English is not their first language

If you’re not making documents nobody is ever going to read, then you need to design accessibly!

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Examples of what we see

As we definitely do not wish to name and shame, here are some declassified examples of different document designs we have seen which do not pass accessibility standards:

Anything written in yellow on a light background

Images breaking text

Copy written over a busy area of an image - even if there is a drop shadow

Irregular columns and breaks