Mac users, if you've been waiting for a reason to upgrade to macOS Catalina, here it is. Catalina ships with a native Voice Control feature, and it’s the best thing since sliced banana bread. It’s one of Apple's powerful Accessibility features, baked right into the operating system.
I attended a webinar hosted by OPIN and SiteImprove that discussed basic accessibility in Canda and new laws coming into effect. In June of this year, the Accessible Canada Act: Bill C-81 was passed, and through attendance of this webinar, I hoped to find what exactly this meant for our neighbors on the web.
Lately, we’ve been working on updating a variety of sites and focusing on accessible content, design, and media. When going through some of our tasks, we uncovered a tricky accessibility compliance item: logos. Now they’re not tricky in the sense that we don’t know what to do with them, but they’re tricky because there is more than one method to solving their accessibility.
At Hook 42 we value inclusivity in all aspects of our business. From the people we hire to the products we build, creating a space that is accessible to everyone is important to us.
Web accessibility, or a11y for short, is becoming a bigger and bigger priority for many organizations. And that's where we come in. With a team of experts working by your side, we can be your on-call a11y specialists, helping you achieve your digital accessibility goals.
Accessibility at Hook 42
There is no one-size-fits-all solution to web accessibility. We carefully review and analyze each area of your website to set you up for success. Since there are a number of ways to be compliant, we've got you covered from beginning to end. No matter what stage of a project you're in, we can help you create a path forward.
Hook 42 provides the following accessibility services:
- Automated Site Scans
- Manual Site Scans
- Accessible Content Strategy
- Accessible Design
- Accessible Development
- Accessible Planning & Remediation
- Accessibility Training
From start to finish, we implement accessible best practices throughout our projects. This means in content strategy phases, design phases and development phases, we're looking for ways to improve accessibility. Each project is carefully tested and spot-checked throughout the course of the build to ensure accessible implementation.
Beyond Building Accessible Websites
If you plan from the start to build an accessible product, web accessibility becomes much more manageable. However, not always is there a case for starting fresh. Hook 42 also tackles web accessibility by itself. We have consulted with numerous clients to help develop an accessibility plan and remediation schedule, working as an extension of your team.
Hook 42 can work with you in the following ways to improve the accessibility of your existing website:
- Perform Site Audits
- Perform Accessibility Testing
- Create a Remediation Plan and Schedule
- Train Your Team for Accessibility Best Practices
Certified Accessibility Professionals
Our accessibility specialists are certified from the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) in Core Competencies (Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies or CPACC), Technical Competencies (Web Accessibility Specialist or WAS), and Web Accessibility (Certified Professional in Web Accessibility or CPWA). We're proud to be advocates for progress within web accessibility and are continuously providing our clients with a better understanding of how to do the same.
Ready to Enhance Your Web Accessibility?
Whether you're looking for a consultant, a designer, or a developer, our team builds accessibility into their process to ensure the most inclusive results. At Hook 42, we're always looking for ways to make the web more accessible to everyone and we'd love to help you achieve your accessibility goals. Together we can create a space that everyone can access.
The Hook 42 approach to design creates the most appropriate experience to connect your website with your most valuable asset, humans.
We start by listening to you about your clients, your customers, and their needs. We explore the depths of the internet to see what the competition is doing, and how we can do it better. Ultimately, we want you to be the brightest star in the digital universe, outweighing your biggest competitors.
Our team can craft an individualized experience tailored to your business goals. With a focus on exceptional user experience, and an importance on inclusivity on the web through accessibility, or team makes sure your digital experiences are more than just content on a page.
Hook 42 User Experience Design
Built with users in mind.
There are many steps to the design process, of which we place equal importance, weighing user experience with your marketing goals. Aligning your purpose with your user is our top priority. Our team provides a wide variety of offerings, including but not limited to:
- User Research
- Competitive Landscape Analysis
- In-Medium Website Design
- Responsive Design
- Accessible Design
- Digital Branding
- Digital Style Guide
Integral to the UX Design process at Hook 42 is collaboration. We consistently lean on the expertise of other areas of website builds to help shape the user journey in the most responsible and inviting way possible. Our team is a constant back-and-forth iteration, helping shape unique experiences grounded by function and sparked with creativity. No design goes to development before being spot-checked, with no exceptions!
Do You Need UX Design?
If you're looking for more than just a website build, but a carefully crafted extension of your brand, Hook 42 is the right choice for you. Our team uses precise research-driven insights, based on your specific goals, to create an experience that aligns with your customer. Reach out today to get your project started.