Way finding lives and dies by good typography and iconography. Here we are going to focus on typography. Way finding on the net ends up being navigation, but in reality the important parts of an experience is driven by typography. Color and typography are some of the most important things to keep a site accessible. (Next to screen readers of course but we will get there.)
Wait?! You mean I have to design a trail sign to make the web accessible?! No, scout. Just an analogy. Really, it’s what’s on the sign that we are concerned about.
Typefaces are a dime a dozen nowadays—we don’t mean that in a bad way, we love typography! There’s so many different designs, classifications, and wacky fonts out there in the wild. Typography is an art and knowing what anatomy to look out for when keeping a design accessible is important. The typography for this site was selected for it’s language features and the actual design of it to provide a more pleasurable reading experience. If the typeface is really hard to read, probably not all that accessible.
Some features of a type face to consider:
The size and color one uses can ruin a well designed typeface. Here are some dos and don’ts to keep in mind when making typography accessible. (Guess what?! Know your audience.)