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As a professional designer, I'm on several forums for graphic design,
digital media, and accessibility.
A question came in from a student designer who asked how to make a flyer
accessible. The "flyer":
* Is a graphic made in Photoshop.
* Has all the contextual information in the graphic.
* Is essentially a large info-graphic.
* Was created for the campus' student assistance office/learning
* Is intended to inform, specifically, students with disabilities.
Questions to my WebAIM colleagues:
1. How could this "flyer" be made fully accessible?
2. Would Alt-text on the entire graphic be sufficient?
3. Why wasn't the student designer trained in accessible design in the
degree program? (The college has a graphic design curriculum.)
4. Why would the student services office accept and distribute this
5. How could our design schools teach students about accessibility and
I've placed a copy of the flyer on our website at:
* I'm not critiquing the visual design; personally, I think it's fine.
* The college and student's names are blurred. (I don't want to
embarrass a good school and a talented designer, but this project
demonstrates how we're failing to teach make the academic world fully
* And I've included a text transcription of what's in the graphic.
I have my own ideas of how to correct this flyer, but I'm interested in
yours because I'd like to build examples like this into my classes on
accessible design to teach designers how to build accessibility and
inclusion into their work.
Anxious to hear your thoughts.
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