User Accessibility Design
This webpage is my final independent creative project for Digital Arts and Media BDP. For my project, I explored the importance of making the web a more accessible place. According to recent studies, the average person spends nearly 7 hours a day online. However, the internet is still not accessible to a large percentage of the population with disabilities. As of 2022, 96.8% of the top one million websites don't offer full accessibility, making it hard for millions of users to use the web on a daily basis. This includes 285 million blind & vision-impaired people in the world as well as many others who have limited hearing and motor control. To raise awareness for this problem I created a website that simulates some of these disabilities. The first experience is a simulation in which the user must fill out a form with a shaky mouse. In the second simulation, users need to distinguish whether different counties on a map are safe from covid. A filter is applied to the map to simulate color blindness highlighting the importance of color contrast when designing websites. Users also have the ability to upload their own images and test out color schemes. In the third and final simulation, users need to try to buy a laptop from an e-commerce site using only a keyboard and a built-in screen reader. The website is completely hidden from the user and they must navigate by what they hear—similar to how many blind and low-vision users use the web in the real world. Overall, I hope that by experiencing these simulations, people will gain a greater sense of empathy for people of different ability levels and share the message of the importance of digital accessibility. The website also provides many useful links for people who would like to learn more and help out!