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Pioneering Deaf Website (4 posts)

  1. ralphispoon
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    As I've mentioned before, I'm looking to make this website the best for deaf people and would really appreciate some... ANY feedback regarding anything; design, theme, layout, plugins used, widgets used, content, etc etc.

    This is the link to the site.

    Maybe there are some other really good looking and user friendly deaf sites that I haven't come across yet?

  2. flamenco
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hi,
    I'm not deaf, but I think your site looks great. Of course, having videos without sound makes perfect sense.

    My only comment is that the vid at the top of the sidebar, though excellent on the Homepage, appears to be on all pages, and might slightly distract the visitor from the good material lower down in the sidebar.

    Near me there's a school for the deaf that's well-regarded. Though it's in the US, I'll bet you can get some ideas there.
    http://www.rsdeaf.org/
    And if you can find a forum there (or elsewhere) with deaf folks on it, I'll bet they'd give you some good feedback.

    Good luck, this is cool,
    Dave

  3. Matt
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Maybe there are some other really good looking and user friendly deaf sites that I haven't come across yet?

    Deaf people can see. So really, the design itself is irrelevant and it just becomes a question of "other good looking user friendly sites" as the content would be catered to the audience either way (whether the design was good or bad).

    Approach it like any other well-designed site.

  4. flamenco
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Boyevul,
    That's largely true. Yet it is still worth looking at deaf websites and talking to people anyway, because then you find out what deaf folks would like to see content-wise, and maybe even design-wise. It's better to know what your audience wants instead of deciding for them.

    In a more extreme example, I made that mistake before early on back when I was more callow. I made a site for a particular audience once that I thought was fine. It was for people with RSI. They didn't like it - it turns out that they mostly wanted very, very long pages with lots of scrolling, and just fewer pages in general. Any orthodox designer would consider this to be wrong, and bad usability. But they liked it because clicking many links made their hands sorer.

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