Every organization should be concerned about making their online content accessible, regardless of a user’s device. We helped the Carnegie Museum of Art update their website with a mobile-first web presence. But the commitment to accessibility didn’t stop at devices.
The museum has a strong commitment to making their brick-and-mortar facilities accessible to visitors with auditory, speech, cognitive, and neurological disabilities. That same commitment needed to apply to the website, not as an afterthought, but as a guiding principle. Accessibility standards informed everything, from information architecture to color selection to coding.
When picking accent colors to complement the established CMOA black, white, and red, we turned to their collection for inspiration. Van Gogh’s “Wheat Fields after the Rain” provided a starting point. To meet accessibility standards, we measured the contrast of black and white text against these accent colors and refined accordingly.
Putting on headphones and using screen reader software allowed us to listen to the website, guiding both structure and content. Browser plugins gave us the ability to check color contrasts and link text. We also included keyboard navigation on interactive elements of the site, such as navigation and calendar widgets. Evaluating our code at all stages of the development process was critical in ensuring our end result met the desired accessibility requirements.
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Supporting programs for an audience ranging from toddlers to senior citizens. Meeting detailed cataloging and rights-management standards. Cultural and educational institutions have a wide range of needs and requirements to navigate. We can help your institution maintain a digital presence in a mobile-first world.