Call for Accessible Design Case Studies

RGD is looking for case studies to be included in the revised/integrated edition of RGD's Access Ability Handbooks for Accessible Graphic Design and Accessible Web Design.


More than 1.85 million people in Ontario and 4.4 million people in Canada have a disability. This number is on the rise as our population ages. Accessibility is no longer an option - it’s a necessity. RGD is helping to lead the way to a more accessible province for everyone through a partnership with the Government of Ontario. To learn more / download RGD's current Accessibility Handbooks, click here.


We invite submissions of case studies for graphic projects (incl. websites, apps, print pieces, environmental graphic design) that are designed to be accessible to the greatest number of people, to the largest extent possible, regardless of their age or ability. Case studies will be selected based on the application of accessible design principles for inclusion.


We are looking for case studies that fall under the below categories:


Any design that...
  • effectively uses typefaces with a high x-height
  • effectively uses international standard pictograms or symbols
  • effectively uses typefaces that are friendly to dyslexia
  • effectively uses colour strictly as a secondary signifier.
  • effectively uses color while maintaining full accessibly for the color-blind
  • effectively uses grid & hierarchy to greatly simplifies complex content
  • effectively uses exceptionally clear, plain, and simple language.
  • reduces the required cognitive load for the user.
Environmental design that...
  • uses typefaces with a high degree of legibility
  • works effectively across cultural and linguistic barriers
  • effectively uses tactile wayfinding
  • accommodates wheelchair users
  • uses braille
  • effectively uses tactile maps
  • exhibits a wide range of best practices in accessibility
Print design that...
  • uses braille
  • has special consideration for accessible paper stock and finish
  • makes special consideration for those with low-vision
  • has an exceptionally high degree of readability
  • has an accessible digital document counterpart
  • effectively uses tactile maps
  • exhibits a wide range of best practices in accessibility
Web design that...
  • shows effective alt-text and media alternatives
  • shows keyboard navigation
  • shows screen-reader usage and testing navigation
  • allows users customize the site's appearance to better suit their needs
  • allows users customize the site's functionality to better suit their needs
  • shows accessible form usage
  • shows accessible carousel usage
  • exhibits a wide range of best practices in accessibility


Deadline to submit: March 28, 2019


The number of entries is UNLIMITED! Submit now.