Tag Archives: Accessibility

Food for thought

“Is it time to take mashups and use them to solve real issues?” asks Christian Heilmann on his blog today and imho hits the nail on the head more than once:

Far too many people just create mashups for the sake of putting some information together or prove a technical concept but I just couldn’t see the use of what was produced

I was also bored with the accessibility movement on the web. Instead of concentrating on solutions for people we ran in circles demanding technical solutions or implementation of standards that don’t make much sense in the real world. It was much more important to be compliant with something than to really deliver for the people who needed us to remove barriers for them.

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Accessibility done right


Following the positive news today that the UK and other nations intend to ban cluster bombs I checked out the website of the Cluster Muntions Coalition to get some more background information on this topic.

What caught my attention right away was the neat design/layout of the website and it soon became clear it is made by kite.

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Accessibility done right

Nice simple and accessible portfolio website, note the reason for not using access keys in the accessibility statement.

Little Blue Plane website logo

Free “logbook” on accessibility (German)

Free PDF download of an accessibility “logbook” on this Austrian platform promoting accessibility.

E-Logbuch Accesibility

Accessibility done right

Nottingham based design agency combining an attractive design of their website with an accessibility statement/approach that IMHO makes perfect sense and cuts unnecessary clutter i.e. accesskeys etc.

Their mission statement is also right up my street:

Erskine specialise in creative, responsible and ethically minded web design and development. This approach isn’t as rare as it used to be, but it’s still rare…

Erskine Design agency  logo

What’s up?

Want to know what I’m up to this month? Best check out the dedicated blog for my final Masters degree project/dissertation at the Bath School of Art and Design.

It keeps track of my progress in

  • designing and developing a website for a 4 Star Wellnes & Spa Hotel in the North of Germany (which is a particularly steep learning curve for me as a non-programmer, trying to hand code this standards compliant and with usability/accessibility in mind)
  • researching for and writing my dissertation which is based on the notion that Web accessibility and the LOHAS (Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability) movement share a lot of almost unrecognised common ground and the former could learn a lot from looking at some successful principles and products that helped making LOHAS mainstream and being perceived as sexy (e.g. Bionade)