April 17-18 2019
Vancouver, BC
SFU Harbour Centre Campus 515 W Hastings St

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Wednesday, April 17 • 3:35pm - 4:00pm
Black, pink, blue, green, orange: creating clear and accessible illustrations

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1. Demonstrate the importance of accessible images
2. Provide enough understanding of colour blindness to support quality image-making
3. Provide simple guidelines that will guarantee clear and accessible images

One of the best things about open education is the opportunity to better serve students who have been limited by a lack of accessible educational material. Since images and illustrations are a key part of all kinds of educational material, the open education community should commit to creating excellent accessible graphics. My presentation will show that thoughtfully crafted images will benefit all students, not just students with colourblindness or visual impairment.

I will look at mathematical illustrations, drawing on research and experimentation I have done as part of my work developing an accessibility-focused style guide for CLP, UBC’s series of open calculus textbooks. I will present the guidelines I have developed for creating effective images, covering all of the key features of a good illustration, from colour choice to captions. Because colour choice presents a marked design challenge, my focus will be on accessibility for students with colourblindness. I will show how colourblindness affects perception, and which colour combinations are easy to distinguish for all viewers.

If it is feasible (this may depend on the venue and the number of attendees) I would like to ask participants to draw some images themselves and to discuss their drawings with them.

Participants will come away from this session with valuable, actionable knowledge that will help them to create excellent slides, videos, websites, and textbooks.


Wednesday April 17, 2019 3:35pm - 4:00pm PDT
Room 1400