COMPANY: David Owsley Museum of Art
PROJECT: Accessibility Design
ROLE: Art Director, Designer, Researcher
In an effort to make the David Owsley Museum of Art more accessible for individuals with disabilities, I worked to create design solutions that would simplify the museum experience. My designs target individuals who suffer from cognitive disabilities which can range in severity, beginning with functional disabilities like Dyslexia and continuing into more clinical disabilities such as Autism Spectrum Disorder and Down syndrome.
In 2013 the Association for Computing Machinery conducted a study that compared the readability of twelve fonts for 48 people with a confirmed diagnosis of dyslexia. The study concluded (based on reading time, fixation duration, and personal preference) that Helvetica, Courier, Arial, Verdana, and Computer Modern were the five most readable fonts studied respectively. Based on those findings, I chose to use the typeface Helvetica for all of my DOMA Guide design deliverables.
The Fine Arts Building on Ball State University’s campus can be incredibly confusing to navigate. I wanted to reduce confusion by creating an app that was simple, user friendly, and could help as many people as possible. The primary focuses of the app are to provide additional information about DOMA's exhibits and artworks, and to navigate visitors to key destinations within the museum using augmented reality. Some users of this app (and other designs) may have disabilities that are not cognitive, and I wanted to keep that in mind as well. So, with the exception of artwork imagery and augmented reality navigation, all of the design solutions that I have created for DOMA’s Accessible Design project are AAA compliant and provide features that could be helpful to people across the board.
Watch the App Prototype Video below.