ARTICLE SUMMARY: There is a lot of talk about accessibility in design these days, and for good reason, it’s just good business.

Type is a key component in designing for accessibility, if they can’t read it why would they continue looking at your website.

Think about this, 5-10% of the world has dyslexia, another 1-3% have an intellectual disability, that’s a lot of potential clients and customers not to take into consideration.

In Colin Shanley‘s article “TESTING FONTS FOR ACCESSIBILITY” he gives you a bite-sized guide that will help you make your font selections based on accessibility. A few of the things he wants us to take into consideration are

  • Imposters
  • Mirroring
  • Discernibility

Designing for accessibility is not hard or complicated, it just takes a little forethought and planning.

Think about it, what client wouldn’t be in favor of you increasing their effective audience reach by 15% just by making the content more legible to those with dyslexia. There is nothing but an upside for both client and designer.

If you haven’t given much thought to accessibility this is a great article to read and a good guide to have handy.

Let us know what you think in the comments.