There are guidelines, such as best practice guidelines on producing graphic communication for people with impaired or ageing eyesight. The Equality Act 2010 (for England, Scotland and Wales) requires all public sector organisations to provide information in accessible formats, as a reasonable adjustment. Examples of accessible documents are braille, large print, easy read or HTML. Additionally in 2018, the U.K. government introduced a new law for public sector website design, requiring them to pass the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 guidelines to level AA. There are also items like editorial style guides or corporate identity branding guidelines, that we can adhere to. We can help you with:
Clear, large and giant print transcription
The Royal National Institute for the Blind’s (RNIB) See it right: Making information accessible for people with sight problems (RNIB, 2007) publication for people with vision impairments.
Aphasia is the inability to comprehend or formulate language because of damage to specific regions of the brain, usually from a stroke. The Stroke Association have produced Accessible information guidelines: Making information accessible for people with aphasia (PDF) (Stroke Association, 2012) publication that we can help you adhere to.
Accessible graphic communication best practice guidelines
AccessAbility 2: A practical handbook on accessible graphic design (PDF) handbook produced by RGD (Association of Registered Graphic Designers, 2019) in partnership with the Government of Ontario, Canada. Our work and research is published on page 25 of this handbook.
Typesetting composition rules
Jan Tschichold’s Penguin Books typesetting composition rules in Nicky Barneby’s Rules of composition in TypoGraphic 59, 2002.
For people with learning difficulties as outlined in the publication Making written information easier to understand for people with learning disabilities (PDF) (Department of Health, 2010).
APA publication manual
We can format content and edit text inline with editorial style guides and manuals like the APA (American Psychological Association) publication manual (latest edition), Chicago, Harvard, and so on.
Monotype Desktop Solutions series
We can design inline with and follow best practice advice, like the excellent Monotype Desktop Solutions series:
Understanding and designing for people with vision impairments, dyslexia, physical ability issues, dementia, or who are ageing.
Printing file setup guidelines
Specifications like Clays, Lightning Source, Biddles.
Regulatory affairs and readability guidelines
Patient/medicine information leaflets and labelling, are regulated and subject to laws, they have to be designed, written, structured and tested against directive guidelines.
The Information Standard
We can help with graphic communication design to complement the requirements of the standard.
Typographic legibility research
For example our paper Letter and symbol misrecognition in highly legible typefaces for general, children, dyslexic, visually impaired and ageing readers [2019 fourth edition] published on the Typography.Guru website.
World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)
Adherence to level A, AA, or AAA, and other international website accessibility laws.
GOV.UK Design System
We can adhere to design systems like the GOV.UK Design System for U.K. government websites and communications, and website design frameworks using their styles, components and patterns.