Print Design Accessibility

There are some simple rules to print design accessibility that make it easier to know if you are meeting basic accessibility standards. Whilst it is very fashionable to use small and light text when designing for print, a lot of people find highly designed material difficult to read. I personally prefer a clear design that is functional and accessible for a wide range of people. It is important that people who have vision difficulties have the opportunity to get the information that everyone else has access to.

Some design, print and PDF considerations are outlined below.

• Keep text at 12pt or greater (consider the font type – some fonts are smaller than others)
• Use 18pt for heading
• Avoid sans serif fonts and make sure your font is clear
• Avoid using italic where possible or make this text larger
• Stick with standard sentence case and avoid using capitals
• Keep text on plain backgrounds
• Use a contrast between text and background is 70%

• Print on mid weight papers so that the ink doesn’t run
• Use matt paper stocks and avoid gloss

PDF Accessibility
Often when I create a printed design, I then convert it into a PDF to use as an eflyer to send out via email. When the PDF is specially formatted to be accessible to audio readers then information can be enjoyed by more people on the web. However, when a PDF is automatically created the text is not in the correct order for an audio reader. This makes it difficult or impossible to understand the information. If you want your PDF designs to be accessible for people who use readers to hear the PDF, you’ll need to tell your designer so they can correctly format it.

Karen uses visual art, print & web design with individuals and groups using a collaborative approach. This happens using dialogue, workshops and/or training to facilitate creation through to the final product.

Karen mainly works in Turrbal & Jagera Country (Brisbane).

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Colourise Festival 2017

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