The brief for this project was to create a responsive web design that needs to adapt to multiple devices, including desktop and mobile, in the theme of health. There was a large focus on user-focused design, ensuring the outcome was intuitive and usable for the target users.
Inspired from my interests in inclusive design by my dissertation topic of Braille, I wanted to design a website optimised for people with visual impairments, in terms of the websites content and design. Accessibility is often an afterthought in the design process for many, which is why I wanted to focus on this aspect from the beginning, allowing me to learn the fundamentals of designing for people with visual impairments.
VIE, which is an acronym of Visually Impaired Exercise, is a website specifically for people with visual impairments, ranging from partially sighted to completely blind users. It is aimed at people who want to find a new type of sport that is suitable and safe to do. The platform would offer guidance of what sports are suitable for people with visual impairments, and how to start them. This is unlike the majority of other fitness apps and websites which are not specifically designed for people with visual impairments in their content or in the design of the website itself.
This project was heavily user focused, and we were encouraged to fully engage with the UX process from initial research to the final, clickable prototype.
User mental models
Page flow diagram
Sketches and wireframes
Testing the structure and navigation with a screen reader
Stage 3: Visual Design
Testing colour contrast
Modular design components