Veronica With Four Eyes

Design

Ever wondered how to design for low vision or how to design for blindness? Welcome to the Design Archives where I share my tips for designing for low visual impairments, which include both designing for low vision and designing for blindness. Learn more about how to design for vision loss in different environments and inclusive design for a variety of different products.

How I Optimize My Website For Cognitive Accessibility

How I Optimize My Website For Cognitive Accessibility

As someone who regularly writes about assistive technology and accessibility, I have taken a lot of steps to ensure that my content is accessible to as many audiences as possible- not just people with low vision or blindness. One of the areas I have been…

Seven Myths About Alt Text

Seven Myths About Alt Text

I’ve had a lot of conversations with people on social media about alt text, including common myths about alt text and how to write alt text. Alt text isn’t really talked about a lot, and many people have misconceptions about what it does or how…

Writing Media Descriptions For Current Events: My Talk At Protest Access-A-Thon

Writing Media Descriptions For Current Events: My Talk At Protest Access-A-Thon

This weekend, I had the opportunity to give a flash talk about writing media descriptions for current events as part of the Protest Access-a-Thon, an event hosted by a group called Protest Access that focuses on making content related to protests and current events accessible…

Why Everyone Should Design For Chiari Malformation: My Talk At ID24 2020

Why Everyone Should Design For Chiari Malformation: My Talk At ID24 2020

Recently, I had the opportunity to give a talk at the Inclusive Design 24 Conference (ID24) called “Why Everyone Should Design For Chiari Malformation,” in honor of Chiari Malformation Awareness Month. This talk was especially meaningful for me, as I ended up giving it the…

How To Create Accessible Workspaces For Chiari Malformation

How To Create Accessible Workspaces For Chiari Malformation

The first time someone asked me if there was anything they could do to make my workspace more accessible for my chronic illness/brain condition, I wasn’t sure what to say, as I had never considered how it could influence how I configure my desk or…

Choosing New Devices With Chiari Malformation

Choosing New Devices With Chiari Malformation

One of the main reasons that I am skeptical to try new devices or devices made by brands I’m not familiar with is because my brain condition can have a tremendous impact on how well I am able to use the device, or if I…

How To Write Alt Text For Casual Outfits

How To Write Alt Text For Casual Outfits

Recently, I was browsing Pinterest looking at different outfit possibilities for a casual dress that I’d just purchased online, and I started thinking about how to write alt text for casual outfits that I often see online. These images are frequently shared on social media…

Middle School Classrooms and Low Vision: Designing Accessible Classrooms Series

Middle School Classrooms and Low Vision: Designing Accessible Classrooms Series

Last semester, I had the opportunity to work with an elementary school-aged student and their teachers to help implement various accessibility tools within the classroom. After observing how the student moved around the classroom, I created a plan to help make their classroom more inclusive…

Elementary School Classrooms And Low Vision: Designing Accessible Classrooms Series

Elementary School Classrooms And Low Vision: Designing Accessible Classrooms Series

Last semester, I had the opportunity to work with an elementary school-aged student and their teachers to help implement various accessibility tools within the classroom. After observing how the student moved around the classroom, I created a plan to help make their classroom more inclusive…

How To Write Alt Text And Image Descriptions For Food

How To Write Alt Text And Image Descriptions For Food

I love to cook and try new foods, and frequently find myself writing short alt text and image descriptions for food so that I can tell my friends all about the new recipe I tried or the fun restaurant we got takeout from. Recently, I…

How To Make Accessible Friendship Bracelet Patterns For Visual Impairment

How To Make Accessible Friendship Bracelet Patterns For Visual Impairment

A young student I work with recently asked me if I knew anything about finding accessible friendship bracelet patterns, or if I could help them figure out how to make the bracelets. In their class, making friendship bracelets out of embroidery floss or yarn is…

Creating Take-Away Documents With Microsoft Office Sway

Creating Take-Away Documents With Microsoft Office Sway

Whenever I speak at conferences or create resources for student organizations on Campus, I like to use Microsoft Office Sway for creating take-away documents. While some people are confused at first as to why I would choose to use Sway, they instantly understand why I…

Six CSS Accessibility Tweaks I Made For My Website

Six CSS Accessibility Tweaks I Made For My Website

As a person who runs a website related to visual impairment and assistive technology, it’s only natural that I want to ensure that my website is accessible for as many people as possible. While my blog theme was created with accessibility in mind, I decided…

Choosing The Best Custom Video Backgrounds For Low Vision Audiences

Choosing The Best Custom Video Backgrounds For Low Vision Audiences

Recently, I was on a video call where someone had enabled a custom video background that was designed to make it easier to concentrate on the speaker but ended up being very distracting for me as someone with low vision. The dim lighting conditions for…

How To Write Alt Text And Image Descriptions For Photojournalism Images

How To Write Alt Text And Image Descriptions For Photojournalism Images

Over the last several days, there has been an increase in the number of amateur photojournalism images that have been posted online and on social media to document current events. For many people with visual impairments, these images are inaccessible or hard to see due…