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“Graphic design can be described as a “language of vision”. The primary goal is to communicate ideas and information effectively and efficiently using standard design principles, but there is a need to consider who might be excluded from accessing information when designing in a visual language. When graphic designers consider accessibility and inclusivity in their work, the result is a better experience for all, including people with disabilities and anyone who relies on accessible delivery of information. My research explores how graphic designers learn about, interpret, and implement accessibility standards into practice. The design outcome is a framework and set of recommendations on how government can support the graphic design industry in integrating accessible design into the graphic design ethos. The recommendations are intended to address the challenges and barriers graphic designers currently face, and to reflect the specific supports the design industry in B.C. needs to meet internationally recognized accessibility standards and to encourage thinking beyond accessibility legislation compliance.”

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Christine Woolley (she/her) is a multi-disciplinary designer based in Vancouver B.C. She is an experienced art director, graphic designer, environmental designer, inclusive designer, and CGD Certified Member of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada. Christine has been pursuing a Master of Design in Inclusive Design at OCAD University (2022) where she has been exploring the role graphic design plays in providing and supporting equitable access to public information.
OCAD U - Graduate Studies
Inclusive Design (MDes)
Major In progress, 2022
Emily Carr University of Art + Design
2D Design
Major Completed, 2011
University of British Columbia
Bachelor of Arts
Major Completed, 2007

art direction graphic design inclusive design accessible design

2021, Elements of Inclusion: Preliminary Research Exhibition
2021, Art Gallery of Ontario Multisensory Museum
AGO online
2021, Graduate Studies First Year Award
OCAD University