The redesign makes The A11Y Project a living testament to the idea that accessible experiences are beautiful ones. Tatiana’s unique voice brought a dramatic, unapologetically bold look to our website. Her design choices deliberately interwove into our existing content and structure, prioritizing the accessibility first while allowing us to enhance the experience.
A marketplace, to me, feels like exactly the wrong kind of place for accessibility to defend its existence. By its nature, accessibility isn’t a mainstream issue. I mean, think about it: it’s good that accessibility issues affect a minority of people. The fewer, the better. But even if the number of people affected by accessibility were to trend downwards and dwindle, the importance of accessibility should remain unchanged. Accessibility is important regardless of the numbers.
I think this is where the second implication of Tesler’s Law comes into play: “Who will inherit the complexity?” Is it a value or a cost that gets passed on to the user? It’s a simple question, but the answer dictates so much. I also think when answering “Who will inherit the complexity?” it’s important to also ask “Are we considering users that aren’t wealthy, western, affluent, and able-bodied?” Answering that second question, shines a light on our answer to the first.
Over the last month or so, I’ve been working with Aquent Gymnasium to produce a series of five short tutorial videos, which have been launching over the course of this past week. Since the last video just went live, I’m thrilled to share the whole list with you: