Episode #106: Adobe InDesign vs Affinity Publisher: Which Should You Use?

When it comes to page layout programs for graphic designers, for some it comes down to Adobe InDesign versus Affinity Publisher. Find out the key differences between InDesign and Publisher and how to decide which page layout program is best for you. “Adobe InDesign vs Affinity Publisher: Which Should You Use?”: Read or Listen

Episode #100: Alt-text for Images

Confused by Alt-text for images for document and web accessibility? Find out which images need Alt-text, how to write good Alt-text, how long it should be and how to add it to web and InDesign images. Also find out lots of Alt-text do’s and don’ts.

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Episode #99: How to Make PDF and Print Documents More User Friendly

When you design documents destined for both print and the web, if all you do is export your layout files to low- and high-resolution PDFs, you’re missing out on providing a better experience for readers of PDFs or print and a higher value to your clients. Learn how to make PDF and print documents more user friendly.

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Episode #98: 6 Reasons to Use InDesign’s Automated Table of Contents

Many graphic designers avoid using InDesign’s automated table of contents feature. But there are several problems with creating a table of contents manually. Find out 6 reasons designers should use InDesign’s automated table of contents feature. “6 Reasons to Use InDesign’s Automated Table of Contents”: Read or Listen

Episode #94: 12 Issues Automated Web Accessibility Checkers Can’t Detect

Web accessibility checker screenshot.

If you’re relying on automated web accessibility tools, you’re doing accessibility wrong. Just because a website passes an automated checker doesn’t mean it’s accessible. It could be filled with major accessibility errors. Find out 12 issues automated web accessibility checkers can’t detect.

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Episode #92: 9 InDesign Accessibility Mistakes Designers Make

Many designers who think they’re creating accessible InDesign files and PDFs really aren’t. Other designers, who are looking for help with document accessibility, don’t understand the process, which can cost their clients. Find out 9 InDesign accessibility mistakes designers make and how to correct them.

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Episode #88: The Limitations of Acrobat’s Accessibility Checker

Acrobat Accessibility Checker.

Many designers rely on Acrobat’s accessibility checker to determine whether their PDF files are accessible or not. But like other automated checkers, it has limitations and can give false positives. Find out some things to look for and how to ensure your documents are accessible. “The Limitations of Acrobat’s Accessibility Checker”: Read or Listen

Episode #78: Color Blind by Design

Jake Albion, colorblind designer.

Hear how Jake Albion pursued his passion of a creative career despite being told it might not be possible because of his color blindness, how he became more driven by his disability and turned it into an advantage, and how he got into accessibility. “Color Blind by Design”: Read or Listen

Episode #76: Are Your Designs Solving or Causing Problems?

Designs solving or causing problems.

Graphic design is all about solving a particular problem, communicating and evoking a certain feeling. But those efforts fall short when you don’t consider how potentially 20% of your client’s audience cannot read or access the information because of design or file setup issues. That leaves a bad impression. Are your designs solving or causing problems? “Are Your Designs Solving or Causing Problems?”: Read or Listen

Episode #73: Winning Color Strategies

Color strategies.

Find out how color affects branding, how to use color strategically and what to consider when choosing colors to get winning color strategies. Also learn a bit about color theory, color accessibility and color meaning. “Winning Color Strategies”: Read or Listen