6 September 2013

Web Accessibility: Access for All

In the first part of our series on web accessibility, I explained what accessibility is and why it is important. But who are these users we're talking about, and how do we serve their specific needs? What are their limitations in an online space and how can we help overcome these limitations? As managers and creators of websites we have the power to remove many of these barriers and make people's lives easier. You’ll see that in doing this we improve our websites for all users, so why wouldn't we?

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The role of the designer is that of a very good, thoughtful host anticipating the needs of his guests - Charles Eames

25 August 2013

Inspiration: Essential Eames

Last month I took a short break and headed to Singapore. Between sweating and patronising various buffets, I was dragged along to an exhibition of Eames, believing that he was just some guy who designed chairs.

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20 August 2013

Social Media Communities – you’ve built it, but have they come?

You’ve spent lots of time, effort and money getting your website up to scratch. You’ve got your tweets crawling and the comments are active and your fingertips are poised for a flurry of interaction.Only - nothing. You get a decent amount of traffic to the website, but your social media channels are like a Blue Light Disco after 9pm.Unfortunately in online spaces, it’s not a case of “build it and they will come”. I’m not afraid to say it - Kevin Costner was lying. Developing a following on social media demands time, patience, insight and, above all else, a plan.We know that social networking is a vast and sometimes confusing landscape, so we'll be dedicating a few blog posts to best practice for development on social media communities.

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8 August 2013

Take One Picture – a delightful program for primary school students

Around the world, galleries, governments and schools seek to promote engagement with art and maximise its benefit to students of all ages. Quality education programs boost an institution’s profile, satisfy funding bodies and instill a life-long love of art in future patrons. Despite this and the fact we live in a world keen on nurturing creativity as a key skill for solving future problems, many cultural institutions have seen funding cut or frozen.

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The power of the web is in its universality. Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect. Sir Tim Berners-Lee

30 July 2013

Accessible Web Design

Throughout the world, more than a billion people are estimated to live with some form of disability. In Australia this amounts to nearly 20% of the population - so why wouldn’t you build your website with disability access in mind? Accessibility is an aspect of website development that is often overlooked by both developers and clients as few understand its significance. So, why should you bother to have an accessible web design?

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Merry Kissmas graphic with mistletoe

17 December 2012

Merry Christmas from Freerange Future

Wow what a year! What better way to end it than to celebrate our achievement and look forward to even better days ahead. Read on to see a few of the things we've done this year, then please get in touch and tell us what you're proud of in 2012 too.

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