Hacking Digital Styleguides for Accessibility: Type, Color, Imagery

Tatiana Mac, Interactive Art Director/Designer

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10 Videos (42m)
    • Introduction

    • The Case for Accessibility

    • Understanding Accessibility

    • Breaking Down a Style Guide

    • Style Guide: Typography

    • Style Guide: Photography & Imagery

    • Style Guide: Color

    • Designing with Accessibility in Mind

    • Defending Rule Breaking

    • Conclusion: The Future of Accessibility


About This Class

Accessible design is more important than ever, with over 15% of people affected by a disability that changes how they interact with the web. As designers, it is our responsibility to ensure our designs are inclusive and reflect all of our users' needs.

Join independent interactive art director and designer Tatiana Mac on a 42-minute class that will show you how to consider accessibility for your next project.

This class focuses on the basics of accessibility:

  • why you should care
  • how to make a business case
  • categories of disabilities
  • web standards and resources

Then, we will take that foundational knowledge to break down basic components of a style guide:

  • typography
  • color
  • photography and images

While the class is geared toward interactive designers and developers and provides some tactical and technical recommendations, anyone working in the interactive design and product space would benefit from this class' primer to accessible design and how it impacts businesses.

4 of 4 students recommendSee All

"Hacking Digital Styleguides for Accessibility: Type, Color, Imagery" is a super informative and important course on accessibility for the web. All of the information was easy to digest. As a designer, I can already see how to implement this into my daily workflow and how to approach conversations on the topic. On that note, I realized how much I didn't know about accessibility and how simple it can be to make these changes. Tatiana did a great job of explaining why accessibility is important, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) from W3C, and how we can make incremental changes towards a more accessible web. The "Basic Accessibility Checklist" PDF is also SUPER great to have on hand. I think that this course serves as an excellent foundation on accessibility and I highly recommend it!
Course is; Informative, contemporary, Looks to the future and ethically minded. Making the argument for accessibility is too often overlooked within the context of responsive and adaptive layouts which only take into account the browser's capabilities. This course goes deeper than guidelines for presentation. Ms. Mac makes the case that our designs should be content enabled for the human factor- whose capabilities vary. She champions the web's initial promise: to inform ALL, not just the majority, making the ultimately convincving case that profits are to be made and designs are to be embraced if we consider the limitations of those with sight, hearing and other disabilities covered by ADA. Complete with a checklist of items to consider this course is a terrific foundation on the initial promise of the *web for all* principle, whose primary goals are to benefit, "all people, whatever their hardware, software, network infrastructure, native language, culture, geographical location, or physical or mental ability."





Tatiana Mac

Interactive Art Director/Designer

Tatiana Mac is an independent interactive art director and designer currently based out of Portland, Oregon.

She is passionate about creating representing our diverse communities through design, which means creating with inclusivity and accessibility in mind throughout the entire process. She believes that design can play an impactful role in reflecting our social landscape. 

She is on the perpetual quest to learn something new within the digital space—right now ...

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