During an intership at Stichting Accessibility I was tasked to create a game with the goal of creating awareness and understanding of how people with disabilities use the internet. Along with tips for designers and developers about what they can do to make life easier for people with these disabilities.
The Client & the Users
Stichting Accessibility, the client, is an organisation with a mission to make the internet a more accessible place; They conduct accessibility audits, give workshops and initiate projects to increase awareness and knowledge about the subject.
The target user group for the game is designers and developers who want to know more about accessibility. The game will be distributed online and will be used as part of the workshops offered by Stichting Accessibility.
Over the course of 3 months I created a web-game that takes the user through a series of levels that simulate having certain disabilities on the internet. One level, for example, simulates tunnel vision by hiding a large part of the screen while another level simulates being hard of hearing by manipulating the audio in such a way that people have to pay very close attention to the video to understand what is being said.
I made visual illustrations and sound effects to make it more appealing and to make it feel more like a game.
Static Site Generator
Visual Design & Mockups
Testing with Experts
Over the course of the design proces I sent out versions of the game along with questionnaires to get as much feedback as possible. I also talked to experience experts with a disability to learn how they experience the world and the internet. The design of the levels was tweaked and based on all the feedback I got, making the game a more fun and more representative product in the end.