In our ambition to test the limits and push the boundaries of accessible design, we look at the design and layout principles to follow.
Well-organised content laid out in a linear, logical design helps users orientate themselves and navigate through the content effectively. We provide tips on how to achieve an accessible design and layout in documents and on web pages.
- Use a consistent grid in your layout to create a structure.
- It is best to use a linear, logical layout making it easy for a reader to navigate their way through the content.
- Don’t put too much information in one place.
- Don’t spread content all over a page.
- Don’t make users read long blocks of text.
- Align text to the left and keep a consistent layout.
- Use short sentences, bullet-pointed lists and tables to break up long passages.
- Break up content with headings and subheadings, images and videos.
- For web readers, structure content using HTML5.
- Don’t put text across images or photographs.
- Images or photographs conveying information not covered in the main text must have a text description sitting in a text box or holding shape.
- Tables should have a uniform structure with no merged cells.
- Don’t have more than two columns of text on a page.
- Use a comfortable column width that is neither too wide nor too narrow.
- Don’t use more than 60–70 letters per line (around 12–16 words per line).
- If the document is over one page in length, use page numbers and break information down into sections using subtitles.
- For larger documents over six pages, provide a contents list and executive summary.
- Use colour coding as a navigation aid and an alternative method to portray information.
Scope’s new visual identity, developed by The Team in collaboration with Scope, uses accessible design to inspire a movement – to end disability inequality and achieve everyday equality for every disabled person. Take a peek at this new game-changing brand!
Contact us to learn how you can evolve your brand and push it limits to adhere to accessible design.