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A Blind-first Approach to Site Design

Lagman, Dennis Wayne (2016) A Blind-first Approach to Site Design. [MRP]

Item Type: MRP
Creators: Lagman, Dennis Wayne
Abstract:

When designing a website, designers have to consider the needs of potential users. This is often difficult when designers have to design for different senses or for devices that they are not accustomed to using. In this case, most designers will then rely on creating websites that are targeted to users that are just like them, for example, a sighted designer creating a website for sighted users. In this body of work, I explore how I, as a sighted designer with limited knowledge and experience in web accessibility, learn how to create an accessible website by involving users who are blind in the design process. I achieve this in two ways: firstly, by involving five users with knowledge of assistive technologies in one- on-one user sessions and secondly, by creating design-related scenarios as the basis of a dialogue between myself and these users who are blind to simulate interaction with the proposed website. I conclude this work by critically reflecting on what I’ve learned through this process and discuss practical considerations in its application.

Date: 21 April 2016
Uncontrolled Keywords: Accessible User Experience Design, Inclusive Design, Accessibility, Screen Reader, Blind
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Inclusive Design
Date Deposited: 06 May 2016 12:17
Last Modified: 06 May 2016 12:17
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/578

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