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Equitable access to public information and the role of the graphic designer

Woolley, Christine (2022) Equitable access to public information and the role of the graphic designer. [MRP]

Item Type: MRP
Creators: Woolley, Christine

Graphic design can be described as a “language of vision”. The primary goal is to communicate ideas and information effectively and efficiently using standard design principles, but there is a need to consider who might be excluded from accessing information when designing in a visual language. Following the social model of disability, inclusive design and accessible design both centre the idea that design needs to support and accommodate each individual user’s needs and preferences. When graphic designers consider accessibility and inclusivity in their work, the result is a better experience for all, including people with disabilities and anyone who relies on accessible delivery of information. However, research suggests a lack of consideration has been given to accessibility in graphic design and many designers don’t have the knowledge or experience to implement accessible design processes into their design solutions.

This research explores how graphic designers learn about, interpret, and implement accessibility standards into practice. The use of participatory research methods resulted in a rich depth of understanding regarding the spectrum of knowledge, attitudes, and mindsets surrounding accessible design. The design outcome is a framework and set of recommendations on how government can support the graphic design industry in integrating accessible design into the graphic design ethos. The recommendations are intended to address the challenges and barriers graphic designers currently face, and to reflect the specific supports the design industry in B.C. needs to meet internationally recognized accessibility standards and to encourage thinking beyond accessibility legislation compliance.

Date: May 2022
Uncontrolled Keywords: graphic design, accessible design, inclusive design, accessibility legislation, equitable access, public information, framework, recommendations
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Inclusive Design
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Date Deposited: 09 May 2022 17:40
Last Modified: 09 May 2022 17:40
URI: https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/3659

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