Design for Accessibility
We live in a diverse world. Our design must be usable for people with a wide variety of needs and abilities. Designing with accessibility in mind is not an option or a good-to-have, but a must for any designer and design team. This course will take you through the process of designing for accessibility from the ground up.
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All About Design for Accessibility
We should design products not just for those like ourselves but also for users who have different abilities. In this course, we will walk you through the process of designing accessible digital products. We survey regulations, best practices and case studies to give you an in-depth view of what’s important and what has to be addressed in ensuring that our design is accessible. Keep in mind that accessibility is not a good-to-have, it is a must and in many countries, a legal requirement.
In this unit, we will explore a wide variety of topics relating to accessibility. We will explain the relationship between accessible and inclusive design; we will show you how a screen reader works; we will walk through the process of conducting an accessibility audit and much more. This unit will lay down the foundation of your understanding of accessibility and how design plays a role in it.
Accessibility in Animation and Interaction
Animation in design adds in a lot of fun and interactivity to the product, but have you ever wondered if users of different abilities can access them the same way as able-bodied users? In this unit, we will explore best practices in animation design relating to accessibility.
Accessibility in Audio and Video
There are more and more rich media content online. Video and audio are two big components of them. How do we make sure that users of different abilities can access these content fully? In this unit, we will explore best practices in designing audio and video experiences with accessibility in mind.
Accessibility in Color
Color plays a big part in ensuring the accessibility of design. In this unit, we will introduce color contrast checker, considerations for colorblind users, color usage in conveying important messages etc.
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How in depth do you go into each topic?
We design each individual course with multiple levels in mind. We start each course with introducing the foundation, which provides a much-needed refresher for even the seasoned designers if they have been away from theory for a while.
We then go into intermediate to advanced topics for deep dives, where multiple levels of designers might find them helpful.
Our goal is to make the course as approachable as possible while still getting into advanced topics for students who are ready to take the leap.
I already have some knowledge in this area but want to improve. Will this course be right for me?
It depends on how much knowledge you already have in each topic. We recommend filling out our email form above to obtain the full syllabus and schedule a call with us if you want to get the full picture of the entire course. We make every effort to recommend the right level of courses to each student so that they get the most out of the learning experience.
What is the different between buying a book on Amazon from taking this course?
Books are great! We will never say don't buy a book. However, design is a highly practical field. Reading books will give you the surface level understanding. You need more examples, interactive demonstrations, exercises and personalized feedback from expert designers to achieve the level that you need for your career. These other components can only be obtained from a well-designed educational program. Books are great supplements for your courses.
Can I learn the same thing from YouTube videos?
YouTube is a great platform. We say go watch as many YouTube videos as you'd like, but we have yet to find a complete series of courses that go in to so much details and depth as our course on YouTube. While YouTube can provide a surface level foundation for you, it isn't likely to help you get to the level you need for your career. We recommend scheduling a call with us if you are interested and ask questions to make your informed decisions.
Do we get to apply the knowledge into practical projects?
Absolutely! We believe in learning by doing. That's why we designed exercises for each unit with intention. Students are expected to complete every exercise and quizzes in order to complete the course. This is not a passive learning experience - it's active. We also wrap up each course with a portfolio-level project, so you can be sure to take away with you a polished piece from every course you finish. If you enroll in our School of Design certificate program with the 9 full course workload, you will have 9 portfolio projects at the time you graduate - a portfolio project number unmatched by any other programs.
Do I get a discount on your courses if I purchase multiple?
Yes! If you enroll in our School of Design certificate program, you will be saving compared to enrolling in each separate course.
For those who may want to enroll in multiple courses but not all of our courses (as included in the School of Design certificate program), please use the "Apply to Enroll" button at the top right corner of our main navigation menu to tell us about your needs so that we can get back to you with a custom enrollment recommendation as well as course bundle discounts. We at Path Unbound believe that education should not be an assembly line - it should be customized, individualized and guided.
Should I take a standalone course one-by-one or enroll in your certicate program?
It depends on your needs. If you are already working as a designer and would like to uplevel your skillsets, we recommend taking individual courses as you need.
If you are a new designer looking to break into the field and get your first job or client as a designer, we recommend our School of Design certificate program - you do not want to show any knowledge gap in your interview and portfolio.
That doesn't mean you always have to take every course - we make custom recommendations for students who come from a variety of backgrounds with different learning goals. Use the "Apply to Enroll" button at the top right corner of our main navigation menu and tell us about yourself so that we can recommend a customized course bundle for you.