Accessibility Matters

A recent decision in the US Supreme Court upheld a blind man's right to have an accessible site. Guillermo Robles sued a pizza chain after he was unable to order food on Domino's website and mobile app despite using screen-reading software. There have been a number of similar cases in the US. Australia has the Disability Discrimination Act 1992, which requires equal access for people with disabilities. This applies to sites offering services, entertainment, banking, real state, telecommunications and government services. Inaccessible websites discriminates against people with disabilities by treating them “less favourably” than those without a disability. Refusing to make a “reasonable adjustment” to a website so that its content is accessible to someone with a disability is viewed as discrimination.

Posted in Design on Oct 20, 2019

Component Based Web Design

As of July, 2019, desktop makes up almost 50% of the market in Australia. 40% is mobile and 10% tablet. The numbers change for worldwide where 51% is mobile, 45% is desktop and 4% tablet. Countries like India and China are dominated by mobile. So it makes sense to consider mobiles based on the numbers alone. Mobile sites and responsive design have been around for quite some time. In spite of that, much of current web design thinking is still largely focused on a print mindset. Designers spend a lot of time building beautiful layouts only to see them break on different devices. A design that looks great on desktop computer is going to be completely different on a phone. Design seems to be firmly about the layout of components. This is quite understandable since web design has only been around for 25 years. Naturally people look to print on how to do layout. Modern print has had hundreds of years for refinement. The world wide web has had one generation. Web is a fundamentally different medium on 2 fronts. Firstly web sites are mostly interactive. Secondly, websites are displayed on a variety of devices with a variety of different screen sizes.

Posted in Design on Sep 05, 2019

Site Revamp 2019

There have been some changes with the website. The colour scheme has been lightened up considerably to give a lot more space to some of the elements. I often advise clients to try to avoid being too text heavy on their sites. It is only fitting I take my own advice. The lucid orange remains. I've spent a lot of time working on values, vision and mission. What it comes down to is "Build better websites". Yes, but what does it all mean? The website is the front door for many businesses. It serves many purposes. It is a brochure for the business. It should explain what the business is. It showcases a business. Often it is a shop front. Sometimes is for customer service. Every business is unique.

Posted in Design, Thoughts on Aug 20, 2019

Modal Pop Up Hell

Modal pop up boxes are becoming more and more common. Your screen goes dark then a sign up form appears or worse, an ad. They are usually triggered by either scrolling to a certain point on a page or after a time interval. Normally you can close the window or press escape and it goes away. Others are more aggressive and don't let you continue unless you sign up.

Posted in Design on Feb 19, 2016