This week’s reading really brought into focus a concern that I hadn’t thought of before: how do I make images, the core of my research projects, accessible for a sight-impaired audience? In what ways can I provide as full an account of these images through accompanying text, markup, and/or code? Tufte’s book showcases some fascinating visualizations, which similarly require examination of how to deploy those tools in the most meaningful and effective way. Also, as Megan points out, learning and processing disabilities are often overlooked and require the same kind of consideration. Thankfully, there are tools that can help with hammering out these details, but conceptually, this now complicates how I approach a project while grappling with how to actually make it accessible.

dork short: one resource that I’ve only discovered recently thanks to a friend, but found immensely helpful, are design companies’ blogs. They’re up to persuade clients of the expertise of staff, the scope of their work, and how cutting-edge they are–all good reasons to pay attention to what they say. Also, since they’re largely written with non-professionals in mind the language is accessible and doesn’t often get bogged down into the technical, unless that’s what you want.

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