Updated WordPress informational website design with a focus on 508 compliance, accessibility, and plain language. Website uses Lexend variable font, a font that is designed to reduce visual stress and improve readability.
Key website features:
Meaningful website architecture
The previous location for tick-borne information was buried on the sub-site Environmental Epidemiology under a tab on “Bugs” and Human Health.
The problem was that it was hard find the information, the information was combined with other “bug” conditions, and to navigate to within the whole VDH multi-site.
The solution was to move the content to its own sub-site allowing the content to be easier to locate and to have a shorter url for marketing campaigns.
Designed with the audience in mind
- Content edited for the average reader using plain language
- Headings are meaningful and useful to the reader
- Content is written with short sentences and sections
- Short bullet points to organize information
Graphics used to emphasis content
People often rely on familiar icons and symbols to understand and navigate content. Using the tick symbol from the logo, I created icons for each page using common symbols to assist in relaying information.
Images were added to assists with various reading levels and skim readers, and add context to the information on the page.
Important content emphasized
Page summary at the top of each page. When needed quick links to information on the page.
Accordion for long content
For pages with long content, important content was pulled out and the remaining content was put in an accordion to allow the reader to find information easier.