Designing Inclusive Images and Words
Illustration of a binder clip

Summary

Designer’s desk with a camera and computer.

Image: Designer’s desk with a camera and computer.

Let’s revisit our learning outcomes for this module.

  • Compare plain language with jargon in order to create accessible written and broadcast media content.
  • Identify the International Symbol of Access and the Accessible Icon Project in order to assess current access signs and symbols in Canada and around the world.
  • Define braille, alternative text (alt text) and image description in order to demonstrate some of the key ways visual and digital content is made accessible.

It is important to consider accessibility from the very beginning of any media project. When you write in plain language with a diverse audience in mind, the content is inclusive and available to more people. Access signs and symbols also communicate messages and meaning and, like language and words, they shift and evolve as times and attitudes change. The Accessible Icon Project is one example of how signs may change but it is important to note that if schools, buildings and workplaces were built with inclusive design in mind, the sign would not be necessary.

Documents and presentations can be designed and created in an accessible format by providing clear alternative text, structuring your documents for a screen reader and checking for accessibility with an Accessibility Checker. And, since broadcast media begins with text and image, it is essential that every part of media production is inclusive and accessible.