Monthly Archives: January 2010

Designing for the Color Impaired

Designing for color blindOne of the goals I’d like to see us embrace more in our overall Web presence is accessibility. I came across this helpful tool recently and thought I’d share.

Color Oracle is a free tool available for Windows, Mac and Linux that adjusts your monitor with the click of a button so that you can get an idea of how things on your screen would appear to someone with a color vision impairment. This will help you gauge if the contrast between text and background is sufficient for all visitors of your Web site so you can avoid problems with navigation or legibility.

January Meeting


  1. Welcome
  2. Recap of last meeting
  3. WordPress Presentation – Jake Kupiec
  4. Information Exchange – breakout groups
    *Web videos: Getting started on creating video for your site, how to produce it cheaply, and delivery platforms
    *Web site launch and beyond: Ideas about the process of launching new Web sites as well as how to keep content fresh
  5. Questions, Comments, Suggestions?


  1. Action: Please notify others who might want to attend the Basic Web training and email Beth to sign up for a session. The dates are Jan 13, Jan 25, Feb 10, and Feb 23 from 2:30-3:30.
  2. Action: Pat Burch would like the WLG members to point folks in their academic unit to the resources that are currently available on campus and generally free versus turning to her to buy expensive, unneccessary software.

Meeting Notes


The Survey for People Who Make Websites

The Survey for People Who Make Websites

Though it’s been around a while, the Web industry is still new enough that finding data about it can be difficult. Facts such as how many people are in the field, what exactly they do for a living, how much they earn and what kind of education they have are all but impossible to find on sites like the Department of Labor. Having this information available helps future graduates understand their career options, helps

give each of us some data to back us up if we’re making a bid to earn more money and gives us an idea where the industry might be headed in the future.

Take the survey today at A List Apart and contribute to the knowledge base about our field.