Access
Questions

for
Self-Publishing

Design & production

Publication design is perhaps the part of the publishing process where we are most used to thinking about accessibility. Still, it is a largely unconsidered area. Visual design details that can result in barriers to access include font choice and size, colour combinations, spacing, tracking, leading, unclear navigation, and overall style. Physical design details which can prevent access include the size of print objects and how they require being held, the bandwidth of websites and the technology they require to load them, and how long people are expected to look at a screen. When access is a last minute consideration, it often results in a diminished encounter with the publication. When it is centred from the beginning of the design process, it becomes a site for generating new ways of thinking about visual and material communication. 

  • Who is the published outcome aimed at, and what do they need to be able to access what you are publishing? 
  • What does the publication design presume about the reader?
  • What does the visual and material aesthetic language communicate ideologically, and what does that say about your content, process and reader?
Links:
Dyslexia friendly style guide by the British Dyslexic Association
Radical Visibility Zine by Sky Cubacub